My friend Doug Grant and event co-founder of the 50 Mile Ride summed up the day very nicely with his email to all of the particaipants below. The day was incredible! Make sure to click on the photo link below. Scott Kennedy and his team took AMAZING shots.
On behalf of our 50 Mile Ride for Project Rwanda organizing team, I want to thank you for making this year’s event really special. Because of your participation and support, we raised over $32,000 for Project Rwanda this year! And we had almost 100 more riders than last year – we had 343 fun-loving people out enjoying the ride.
We heard lots of great comments about the ride and about the new route. The fires and rains changed our plans a few times this year – so it was encouraging to hear that we may have put together a winner. Many thanks to Roger Toubeaux and Mark Nichols and the rest of our route planning team for all their hard work. And a great big thank you to Andy Brazelton and his terrific team of volunteers. They did an awesome job of feeding and encouraging our riders all along the route. Thank you, volunteers!!! You’re the best!
I want to give a HUGE thank you to all of our event sponsors this year. Over $10,000 in raffle prizes – including our grand prize Ellsworth Ride bike from Ellsworth and Mazda USA – plus tons of other prizes from every one of our local bike shops and bike industry companies. What a generous group! PLUS we received a ton of support from sponsors such as Arrowhead Water, Bonk Breaker, Motor Tabs, Squirt Lube, Panda Express, Geoladders, Sho-Air, and Dr Julie Malley of Trabuco Hills Chiropractic – who all contributed to our success. Thank you also to Cooks Corner, our event hosts, for helping us all to feel welcome and for contributing BBQ proceeds to our cause. And a great big thank you to Mark Malatesta and Hoss Technical Gear for donating all of our cool event tee-shirts – we will wear them with pride this year! Thank you Dave Sheek and Chris Miller and Mark Jacobsen for rallying such terrific sponsor support for our event.
Special thanks also to Chris Vargas and Joe Lopez of the Warriors Society, for donating their time, their talents, and their resources to contribute to the success of our event. Their “behind the scenes” efforts in radio and logistics support helped our event run safely and smoothly.
We had Scott Kennedy Photoworks out at our event all day, and they took some great shots. Please check out their web site today, you’ll see yourself in living color (photos are organized by your bike number plate sequence). Scott is donating a portion of his proceeds back to Project Rwanda – so order some keepsake photos today!
We’re hoping to do this event again – there’s a lot of people that would like to see our 50 Mile Ride become an annual event. If you’d like to help us plan or volunteer for next year’s ride – please send me an email. We WELCOME all the volunteers and support we can get. Please also reply and let me know if you have any other suggestions or feedback. We’re new at this event planning stuff – and we want to get better at it every year.
Thanks again for all that you did to make our event successful. Have a safe and sane New Year, and we’ll see you on the trails!