6 May, 2015
I know it’s hard to believe it’s been 14-years since I started the Ride From Reno for Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Huntsman 140 but, it’s true! Turns out it was more than a lark! The first 3 pics below show some of that 1st year in 2002.
What started with me on the bike, and Janet and Josh driving support, has morphed into something much, much larger. In 2014 there were 11 amazing friends who rode the entire distance from Reno with me, taking > than a week away from their families, paying their own expenses, and suffering like dogs in the process. The commitment, dedication, passion, and integrity shown by these friends is astounding at the least and simply unbelievable at the best. To see each of them, go to my website at www.ikickedcancersbutt.org.
Beginning in 2006, my friends from the Bountiful Mazda/Bountiful Bicycle Center Cycling Club (BMBBC) began chartering/commandeering/begging motor-homes and other vehicles to get them and their bikes to Delta, Utah, where they pulled my tired, old, and slow butt back to Salt Lake City. As with Janet, Josh, and other friends, the Ride From Reno (RFR) and Huntsman 140 couldn’t have endured without the commitment, dedication, and great friends from BMBBC.
On the last day of the 2014 Ride From Reno for Huntsman Cancer Institute, the day now known as the Huntsman 140, we were joined by >750 additional dedicated, passionate cyclists and sponsors and jointly we raised ~ $400,000 for Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) where I did my own treatment for Stage IV cancer. It was truly an amazing week of giving back, fundraising, and riding from Reno, Nevada to Salt Lake City for HCI.
In the 13-years we’ve been doing this ride, soon to be 14-years, we’ve ridden through the most abominable conditions imaginable; raging wind, freezing rain, intense heat, bone-shattering cold, and blinding snow. Adverse conditions simply don’t matter; we ride in virtually everything Mother Nature throws at us, knowing the worst day on the bike still beats the best day of slash/burn/poison (surgery/radiation/chemo)! The 4th, 5th, and 6th pics below show some of the conditions we’ve encountered on the Ride From Reno.
And so the purpose of this post is to acknowledge and celebrate what we’ve accomplished since 2002. Each day I will post pics from consecutive years of the Ride From Reno and the Huntsman 140, with the intent of show-casing the years-long efforts that have gone into making the Huntsman 140 the success it is, and rightfully should be, today. A success that is focused on finding better tolerated, less toxic treatments for cancer and, ultimately, cures for the > 200 types of this damnable disease.
The 7th pic below is from 2007 . . . this is the starting-line in Delta, Utah, for the Huntsman 140. Yep, those are my dear friends from BMBBC who have come to Delta to pull my sorry, slow, old butt home.
All my best,