Ride With A Purpose

In August I wrote a blog about the Tour de Shore, a cycling event from Philadelphia to Atlantic City. My intent was to encourage people to pre-register for races as a strategy to maintain physical fitness because it established a commitment to compete in an event. But the piece took on a dual theme, one that was altruistic.

The Tour de Shore was a fund-raiser and two of the beneficiaries were the Philadelphia Police Survivors Fund and the Daniel Faulkner Educational Fund, both worthy causes for fallen officers. Riding or running for a cause is motivation to compete with purpose.

Artist design created to symbolize the Kyle Memorial Bike Ride

This past Sunday I rode in the inaugural Kyle Pagerly Memorial Bike Ride with two of my sons in Berks County, PA. Officer Pagerly was gunned down in the line of duty in June 2011. Kyle was a twenty-eight year-old expectant father, Army Veteran, deputy sheriff and cycling enthusiast. A crowd of roughly one hundred cyclists set out on 15, 35 and 50-mile routes through the hilly Berks County countryside on dreary morning, but the rain in the early stages of the ride didn’t dampen anybody’s spirits.

Cycling the hilly Berks County countryside. What goes up, must come down...hopefully.

The course was unforgiving with many long, steep hills that challenged even the seasoned cyclist and ensured all got a thorough workout. Plenty of sweat, a measure of blood and many hearty laughs were left along the road-a winning formula. The first Kyle Pagerly Memorial Bike Ride was a success by any standard, and no doubt will grow in years to come.

Blood Drive

Tools such as Active.com have the ability to search for cycling events, races and much more by city, state and zip code. So register for local races that raise funds for worthy causes. It will lock-in fitness events on your calendar and give you a reason to compete with a purpose.

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About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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