The 900 mile Russell Ride is raising money for Benaroya Research Institute's work 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. Inspired by the 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 7 days, which is 3 days faster than most.The ride runs June 22-28th.
The Route crosses the Olympic Peninsula to Astoria in 1-day, then follows the Oregon coast for the next 3 days, continuing on to through Humbolt County and the redwoods connecting to iconic Route 1. 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
Last year I raised $5,000 including in-kind donations and plan to surpass that in 2019.
You can support the 2019 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.
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.