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In The Bank

Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

 

With 231 registered participants, 38 teams, and 188 riders already collecting donations online, Will Bike 4 Food is gearing-up to meet our $50,000 goal! But we still need your help! It’s not too late to register for this amazing event!

We reached out to two of our fundraising leaders and here’s what they had to say:

 

David Levenstein – 100 meter rider

How long have you been riding?
I’ve been riding my whole life, but I’m pretty much an amateur for this kind of thing. Will Bike 4 Food is my first organized ride and the first time I’ve tried to ride a “century.” Riding reminds me of being a kid, only now it’s a bit harder.

Why have you decided to participate in Will Bike 4 Food?
I’ve been contributing to The Food Bank for years and now had a chance to combine some ambitious goals – both fund raising and riding.

To what do you attribute your fundraising success?
The generosity of family, friends and colleagues, the worthiness of the cause, and the noteworthy organization. Lots of people are excited to be a part of this ride!

 

Martin Markey, Ph.D. (Retired) – 100 meter rider

How long have you been riding?
I used to bike-commute to work 3 miles each way until I retired 3 years ago. I have been biking this distance for many years, instead of having a second car to cut down on air pollution.

Why have you decided to participate in Will Bike 4 Food?
Since retiring, I’ve gotten heavily into long distance riding – I plan to do the 100 mile ride this year. I’m raising funds for Food Bank of Western Mass because it does good work distributing healthy food to people in need.

To what do you attribute your fundraising success?
I have a large group of friends, many from church groups, who are interested in helping. I decided to use my love of cycling for a greater cause; to help the poor.

 

This year’s event will feature bike tune-ups from Sean Condin from Speed & Sprocket Cycle Works, well marked routes, water stops, and patrol vehicles keeping an eye on you throughout the day.

Following your ride, enjoy fabulous food from Bistro Bus and wash it down with a cool beverage brought to you by Berkshire Brewing Company.

If your muscles are sore, get a complimentary chair massage from Jen, of Jen Eckard Massage and Yoga (Northampton).

Cyclists of all levels are encouraged to take a spin at one of our 10, 25, 50, or 100 mile routes through beautiful Pioneer Valley. Fundraising is well under way, but we still need YOU to reach our goal of $50,000. Join Will Bike 4 Food THIS WEEKEND, September 29th, and help provide 150,000 meals to neighbors in need.

It’s not too late to register!

 


Sponsors:
 Baystate Health, Lia Cars, Goggins Real Estate, The River 93.9FM, WHAI 98.3FM, Bear Country 95.3FM, WHMP 96.9FM, The Republican, WGGB ABC 40 / Fox 6 Springfield.

In-kind Sponsors: Berkshire Brewing Co.Friendly’sWhole FoodsNew England Natural BakersCoca-ColaSpeed & Sprocket Cycle WorksBistro BusNicky D’sJen Eckard MassageTandem Bagel CompanyBread EuphoriaC&S Wholesale, and Cold Spring Orchard

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