Do you not know that in a race the [bikers] all compete, but only one receives the prize? [Bike] in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.
— First Corinthians 9:24-25 (NRSV)
This photo harks back to a time, 15 years ago or so, when my brother and I road together in the Trek Across Maine. The Trek is a fundraising ride for the American Lung Association that takes place every year on Father’s Day Weekend. It begins at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Gorham, Maine, and ends three days later in Belfast; 2500 bikers riding a total of 180 miles in three days. I enjoyed the ride immensely, and went on to participate for 10 consecutive years, even putting together a team of riders from my church in Camden. It was a blast!
Recently, I’ve begun riding again, and have been wondering if there are other riders in our church who would like to help me put together a team. I’m tentatively looking at doing the “Bike MS: New Hampshire Seacoast Escape 2019” ride. It is a single day fundraising event, to be held on Saturday, August 24th. There will be 25 and 60 mile routes for those of different ability levels. The routes will be watched over by circulating Safety vehicles and there will be rest stops every few miles. If you are curious, follow this link to their website: NationalMSSociety.org. The fundraising minimum is $250 per rider, which is very reasonable as these things go. The minimum age is 12, but fortunately there is no maximum (Ha ha!)
If you or someone you know is interested, either in doing the ride in August, or simply in getting together for a bit of training, please let me know. I’ll make plans based on the response I get. If you’ve never done anything like this before, you should know that these rides are fun and inspiring, and support very worthy causes. I’m sure there are at least some in our congregation who have first-hand experience with MS. This is a devastating disease in search of a cure, and rides like this are part of helping to make that cure a reality. And not incidentally, riding is also a great way to stay in shape. I’ll look forward to hearing from, hopefully, at least a few of you. GO TEAM FCC!