I wanted to report back on both my BikeMS ride and my fundraising efforts – and the report is an unqualified success.
BikeMS NYC 2013 was a fantastic event. Though the day started with mist, and progressed into drizzle, that did not keep my friend and always positive-thinking riding companion Cindy Cornell and me from doing a great ride.
Thanks to last year’s generous donors, I qualified for my own star on the fundraising walk of fame, and that got us into the top fundraiser lounge inside Pier 94 (54th street at the West Side Highway) for a nice protein bar and some coffee, while others were “warming up” outside.
Then, because of the fundraising status, we “jumped the line” and started at the very start. See the orange tape?
And that’s the official starter’s horn. It was loud.
We kept a great pace – roughly 15+ miles per hour all the way from the Intrepid on 44th and the West Side highway to the park by the Columbia Baker athletics complex at 218th near 10th Ave. (And there were some significant headwinds once we had gone under the Battery and started
up the FDR drive.) After a quick break and some fruit and drinks, we crossed the top of Manhattan and got back on the Henry Hudson/West Side Highway.
Here we are by the GWB.
After that quick photo opportunity, it was a sprint home to Pier 94 and the line for massages from the Swedish institute students.
Let’s not forget that BikeMSNYC was not just about a fun ride. This year, thanks to your generous donations, I’ve far exceeded last year’s total and broke this year’s goal of $2013. When all is said and done “Team Jamie” will have raised over $2700, and possibly as much as $3000 towards research and advocacy for a cure for MS. As of yesterday, the event had raised over $2.4 Million dollars!
If you know someone who should have donated, but hasn’t had the chance to do so yet, you can send them to:
http://greenste.in/BikeMS13 and it will go right to my fundraising page.
Thank you again for your generous support.