Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday was a beautiful day for a bike ride, but Denise P. and Tracy were going for no ordinary bike ride. They were riding 100 miles for 100 toys!

Denise came up with the idea upon hearing the story of her friend's 10 year old son, Tyler. At age 5 he had been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. He beat the odds and is a healthy little boy today but gave back by bringing a toy to his pal Joey who was still at Arnold Palmer Hospital. The next year in 2006, he brought 11 toys for all the oncology patients. It has grown annually and in 2009 Tyler had over 1,800 toys, enough for all the children at Arnold Palmer. Denise wanted to help him meet that goal again and also help him have enough toys to also make a difference at St. Jude's hospital in Memphis, TN, where some of the youngest cancer heroes are battling for their lives each day. Tracy thought it was a great idea and joined in too so they would do the ride together.

Being new to riding centuries (100 mile bike rides), they chose to ride back and forth along Innovation Way. This way they could return to their cars parked at Avalon YMCA and take breaks, refuel and replenish fluids as needed. This also allowed friends and family members to come out to support them, which they did. BPY Tri Club teammate Carmen accompanied them for some miles in the morning. Coach Jacklynn provided them with a nice lunch and later Denise's hubby came out to ride too with their toddler in tow. Teammates Shirley & Bike Geek Dave joined in around mile 70 and Carmen even came back for their last lap.

Here are some photos from the ride:

Well, 100 miles was not quite enough for Denise & Tracy. Over lunch someone had suggested they go 112 miles, the distance of the bike leg of an ironman triathlon. And that was all it took.

Denise's bike computer at the end of the ride.

Congratulations to Denise P. & Tracy on their 112 mile bike ride!

PS - Denise & Tracy are still short of their 100 toys goal. If you are able to help, please click here for more info on how to do so.


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