We did it!
Together, with the 3rd annual Bikur Cholim MitzvahCycle ride, we've raised over $2,800 for Bikur Cholim. Between now, and next year's ride, those funds are going to help write some incredible stories of lives saved and enhanced. It's more than financial; it's the warming kosher or Shabbat meal in a cold hospital, the happily-relieved toys for a child in the sterility and uncertainty of a hospital ward, the needed cane, wheelchair, or walker, and the home-felt environment for visiting families there to support the challenging journey through illness and injury, and on the road to recovery.
Thank you to my sponsors, the event organizers, thank you to the sponsors, and a special thank you to Joan and Harry Lehrhaupt, for not only tolerating a cycling-obsessed son-in-law, but also being the very embodiment of what Bikur Cholim is all about!
Oh, and the ride:
As I promised, the more money we raised, the harder and faster I would ride. And sure enough, the faster riders in the 32 mile road ride made their way to the head of affairs, and soon enough, a group of four soon found it's way off the front. I made no plan to stop at either or the two rest stops, but to power my way through the entire course. Eventually, I made the go of it four miles from the finish, and come home first. Of course, while this wasn't a race, I must acknowledge not just the incredible riding of all of the cyclist out on the roads and canal in this event, but the strong riding of my compatriots Ido Dubrawsky, Jay Mazel, and Ari Shapiro. If you ever get the opportunity to ride with them, be sure to pack a few extra energy bars; they are strong, and they are fast!
And because we finished so fast, and so soon, we decided to go out for an extra ten miles are all-out intensity on the hardest part of the course. Needless to say, we were a spent at the end of it all.
Thank you everybody; may the money we raised go to create incredible stories of health and success in the coming year, and I look forward to having all of you along for the ride in 2019!