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I'd like to tell you a brief story.
A 6 year old child stands at the edge of his house. Two small wheels lay beside him, just removed from his now slightly used HUFFY. Pale hands gripped around ribbed rubber bar-ends. One foot tapping the ground, testing his balance, summoning his courage. A push of the pedal, a wobble of the front wheel and WHOOSH, the child begins coasting down the street. Another push of the pedal, the wind hits his face again, his front wheel rolls straight and true, a proud smile curls up his cheeks. The bumps and scrapes, bruises and dirtied clothes, all worth it for that feeling of wind in his face, that feeling of speed, and freedom. A feeling that his only limit is how far those little legs can take him, and when his mother calls him back inside.
20 years passes, that child find himself a large young man, in an different country, atop a hill... Nervous, fearful that he is maybe too big, too heavy for this rented bicycle. Sweat drips down his face from the beating sun overhead or his rapidly beating heart. One foot off the pedal for balance and defintely not from fear, still tapping the ground in rhythm to his nervous heart, looking for his courage. He starts wondering if eveyrone lied... maybe you really can forget how to ride a bike! A small push and he starts coasting down a dirt path, dust and wind in his face, exhilaration pumping through his veins as the flattened earth bends to avoid the cliffs edge. He is 6 years old again. At the bottom of the hill the bike brakes to a stop and a smile never leave the man's face.
That young man was me 11 years ago, and from that day, I was hooked again. One day of downhill coasting soon became flat packed dirt paths. Dirt path trails because quiet side streets. Quiet side streets became neighborhood group rides. Group rides became long tours, and long tours, took me over mountains, down valleys, and through meadows and farmland you'd never think existed so close a huge concrete metropolis like New York City.
Two wheels can do more than just takes you places. It transforms you. It can take an introverted man, and thrust him into an environment where his emotions are set free. It takes the overthinker, and relaxes him. It takes the indecisive man and focuses the mind. It takes the insecure, overweight couch surfer, and transforms him into a confident, hill climbing, domestique. It makes what felt impossible before, possible again. And what was thought out of reach, closer than ever.
From those humble beginnings I have been given the gracious opportunity to run in the 124th running of the Boston Marathon as a charity runner, and a chance to give back to the community as part of the 2020 CYCLE Kids Boston Marathon Team. But I need your help. Help me raise at least $10,000 and give opportunity to an underserved community, and teach a child what took me so long to rediscover, that a bicycle will change your life and where you are going. I am proud to represent and support CYCLE Kids' mission and hope you will to.
And yes.... Once you learn to ride a bike you never forget.
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And now a few words to learn about CYCLE Kids,
The mission of the CYCLE Kids program is to strengthen the emotional and physical health of children by giving them the skills to lead active and healthy lifestyles, using the fun and practical skill of riding a bike. CYCLE Kids provides schools with bikes, helmets and a curriculum, training for teachers and volunteers, and program assessments. Students are provided with their own textbooks, “The Student and Parent Guide to Biking and Healthy Eating,” designed to be shared with their family.
CYCLE Kids is a national organization with programs in ten states and the Navajo Nation in Arizona, reaching over 3000 children each year, over 28,000 since inception. Since 2004, CYCLE Kids has engaged children in physical activity to address the health and emotional issues facing today’s children. The program is built on the belief that the simple and captivating skill of riding a bike changes lives.
As an Official Charity of the 2020 Boston Marathon, our goal is to raise funds to reach more children living in underserved communities with the CYCLE Kids program. Your donation will give students access to a learning experience that will not only teach them how to ride a bike and how to make healthier eating choices, but will help them build confidence and self-esteem, create supportive relationships, succeed academically, and create a foundation for future success.