My father taught me how to ride a bike at a very young age. It was a right of passage for him as a child and became one for both my sister and I. Riding a bike gave me the same sense of freedom and independence that I feel now when I’m training for marathons. It allowed you at a young age to connect with friends, family and move about the city without the need for bus tokens, car rides from others or long walks. Every family trip that I can think of had some sort of long bike ride attached to the weeks activities. Riding was so integral in our daily routine that my dad biked back and forth from work, which was 10 miles away, in order to keep active and because it gave him that sense of independence.
He would have loved to know that there is a program that teaches children to do the very thing that he loved to do daily. It’s my goal to complete the six world marathons (Boston being the last) and along the way raise money for charities that he would have supported. CYCLE Kids is that charity for me.