The Ride for Roswell is an annual event, currently in its 19th year, where all of the money each participant is required to raise is used to fund cancer research.
At 10 a.m. this morning, we hit the ground riding, for 10 miles, with a few hundred other bikers on a path from the University at Buffalo, traveling around Ellicott Creek Park and then past the finish line.
I rode in honor of my grandma. Actually, I call her Neena. She is an amazing lady who battled breast cancer 15 years ago. She was the last person who deserved cancer, but noone deserves it, that's why we must fight and never give up hope.
The ride today began and my smile could not have been any bigger, my adrenaline any higher or my hands any sweatier. Yes, it was hot today. But the volunteer's support and encouragement is what made this Ride unforgettable.
I kept turning my head to thank people for cheering me on. I thanked the cops who were directing traffic to keep us safe. And most importantly, I smiled for the entire 10-mile journey; it was hard not to.
Once we got passed the finish line, after about an hour of riding, volunteers were announcing names and ah, it was just such a great time. I felt special, like I'd won a marathon.
Completing this year's Ride, I have already committed myself, and my family, to take on the 20-mile trip next year and raise double what we were able to this year. Bike riding is also a GREAT workout and bonding for your family!
My philosophy is: if one is not continuously setting high goals for oneself, what challenges are there in life? A life without challenges is pretty boring and too easy.
Have you ever been a Rider?