The 900 mile Russell Ride is raising money for the Benaroya Research Institute to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, and is named in honor of my brother who died from the disease. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease which strikes children, youth, and young adults. It is not controlled through diet. With a front row seat to my brother's insulin reactions, amputations, and organ transplants this challenge will include a bit of suffering, as diabetics suffer. The goal is to complete the ride in 8 days, which is 2 days faster than most.The ride runs June 23-30th.
The Route crosses the Olympic Peninsula to Astoria in 1-day, then follows the Oregon coast for the next 4 days, continuing on to through the redwoods on Route 1 to Fort Bragg. At Highway 128 the route runs inland through the wine country, ending in Napa.
Follow the progress on my twitter account healthpolicymav
How You Can Participate
You can support the Russell Ride to cure diabetes by signing up to ride the whole thing, riding a single leg of 100 miles, donating to BRI, and helping promote the ride. Whether you actually ride all the way to Napa or just sign up to support the Russell Ride, you are on the team.
Here are suggested giving levels and Russell Ride Memorabilia:
Team Member Level Suggested Gift Recognition
Team Sponsor $1,000+ BRI team jersey recognition
All in For The Ride $1 per mile $900 ($75 per month) BRI Russell Ride team jersey, recognition
Wish I Was There .50 per mile $450 ($37.50 per month) BRI Russell Ride momento, recognition
Doing My Part .25 per mile $225 ($18.75 per month) BRI Russell Ride recognition
Good Luck Any gift BRI Russell Ride recognition
Riding for Remembrance $250 per jersey Jersey bearing the name of your loved one
You can also go crazy and do your own Russell Ride event, like a bike riding-wine tasting extravaganza, a Russell Ride spin class,or riding 100 sponsored miles and dedicating it to the event. And for all of you weekend warriors, just do it, the suffering is for a good cause.