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The beginning point for the AIDS Bicycle Challenge will be different this year — riders will start at Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park. But organizers are nearing the end of their preparations for the Sept. 12 fundraiser, which benefits the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
The money raised by ABC stays in Kansas City and is distributed through the AIDS Service Foundation to HIV/AIDS service organizations, including SAVE Inc., Good Samaritan Project, Kansas City Free Health Clinic and Hope Care Center.
Josh Strodtman and Michael Lintecum are the co-producers of ABC, and Elizabeth Bejan and Theresa van Ackeren are co-chairs. In 2009, Strodtman reports, the event had 375 riders and raised over $55,000, up from 110 riders the previous year.
“Our goal would be somewhere in the 300s. We would like to meet what we did last year,” Strodtman said, when discussing this year’s financial goals.
“We’re not affiliated with the Tour of Missouri [bicycle race> this year, number one, because there is no Tour of Missouri, and I think that did bring us some exposure last year. I think that everyone that did participate last year because of the Tour had a pleasant experience, and we’re pretty certain and hopeful that all of those riders will come back this year.”
The Tour of Missouri was canceled after state tourism officials declined to help fund it.
Strodtman said another change this year is that ABC organizers have a separate steering committee from the AIDS Walk steering committee. The group is really encouraging more team participation than the event has had in the past. Strodtman said there is no minimum or maximum number of people required to be on a team.
“That really is the engine behind AIDS Walk, as far as the individual walker fundraising, is the teams. That’s how we would love to see the AIDS Bicycle Challenge transform into more of a team event as opposed to an individual event. Whether it be their company, their church group, families, we’d just really like people to come out and ride with us,” Strodtman said.
“All team captains will receive a special gift on event day,” he said. “In addition to that, we are kind of having a bit of friendly competition between all of our teams. We are going to have a VIP tent on event day where the top overall team in term of participants and the top overall team as far as team fundraising will have access to the VIP tent with special swag bags, food, drink and everything.”
Missouri State Sen. Jolie Justus will be riding and serving for the second year as the honorary chair. There is also a possibility of a celebrity rider this year that organizers hope they can announce in September.
There will be four rides of 50 miles, 30 miles, 10 miles and, new this year, a two-mile ride for children and adults.
“There’s a two mile ride on a new cycling trail alongside the river, a new section of the Lewis and Clark trail, that presents a perfect opportunity for children to ride with their families,” he said.
“You know what, if people would like to walk, that’s fine. We like to see people out there on bikes, but it’s a great opportunity for kids that are just getting used to riding.”
Strodtman said children under 8 can ride for free, with no registration fee required. Adults can ride the two-mile ride as well, Strodtman said. “We invite anyone to come out, even if they haven’t been on a bike in 10 years,” he said with a laugh.
Strodtman credits Jeanne Barnhill with all of the graphic design work this year — posters, flyers, registration form and also a pro-bono sponsor of printing. The event sponsors include Miller Lite, Shook Hardy &
After the last 2 years of dealing with the pandemic and packing on those COVID pounds here are some motivational quotes that can be the spark plugs to our wellness engines. You can have a full tank of gas, a clean carburetor, all the fluids topped off, and 300 horsepower of Detroit’s finest under the hood, but you’re going nowhere without that initial spark. In your quest for well-being, you need a catalyst to move you from idle to ideal. Here are some motivational jolts to inspire you to get your health and fitness vehicle moving.
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Thomas Paine said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” You will have conflicts with making time for exercise each day. The treadmill will conflict with your enjoyment of the living-room couch and its fluffy pillows. Your body will engage in conflict with dumbbells and exercise balls as it seeks better health. Embrace these conflicts with excitement, and walk through the smoke and fire. Triumph is waiting on the other side.
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John F. Kennedy said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” The firefighter’s 55-pound weight loss did not just happen one day on a call. The computer programmer’s success in the Chicago Marathon did not just happen on a Sunday in October. The 4th grade teacher’s significant drop in cholesterol level did not just happen the day before spring break. These people made things happen…and it took time.
Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator website, wrote, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” Let today be the first day in 28 years without a cigarette. Stay an extra five minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym today. Start training today for the three-day breast cancer walk that is scheduled for the fall. Tomorrow is always waiting to see what you put in your piggy bank today. Invest wisely and watch the dividends grow.
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Jill McLemore once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.” Set that goal to trim 75 pounds from your body. Only losing 42 pounds puts you way out there with the North Star. Aim to run 750 miles this year. Coming up 68 miles short will still put you past that former planet Pluto and on your way to the Orion constellation. Dropping eight waist sizes by Christmas instead of the projected 10 will let you glow with the luminescence of several brilliant wonders in the sky. By the way, I think there’s a full moon tonight!
Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Tom Cruise was another aspiring pretty face in Hollywood about 30 years ago before starting to audition for parts in TV shows. Jared Fogle was a morbidly obese college student at Indiana University in the 1990s before beginning his Subway diet. Mark Zuckerberg was just another starry-eyed Ivy Leaguer until he began to implement a social network idea. They all have that common bond: They started something.
These motivational quotes should help get your wellness engine running and once your car is started there’s no telling where your health and fitness can go. Don't forget to end me a postcard when you get there!
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“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don’t have the motivation!”
Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that and I’d be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let’s identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path. They are there … you just need to realize them so you can make it a great 2022.
How about getting healthy so you can be at that Christmas celebration in 30 years with all the family gathered around and exchanging presents? There will be nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, children and maybe some grandchildren, all enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. That would be amazing!
How about being healthy so you can watch the first man land on Mars in 2030? You hear all the talk about preparing for a mission to Mars, but it will be a long time in coming. Just think if you were alive and well to see it happen!
How about being healthy so you can attend that 60-year class reunion? It might even be nice to walk into the function with a spring in your step and a glow of health about you! Many of your classmates will have walked past St. Peter and those pearly gates by that time, but you can give yourself a chance to stay here with some proactive measures.
How about being healthy so you can spend more time being relaxed and retired? It would be awesome to just not have to do anything you didn’t want to do! Get up every day and use that watch they gave you as a fashion accessory only. With a healthy body, you can spend ample time in the lap of leisure well into your 90s.
How about being healthy so you can walk your dog with your grandkids or great-nephews after that Thanksgiving meal many years down the road? It will be so cool to have that turkey dinner with all the relatives, but it’ll be even more fun to be able to move around without having to catch your breath between steps.
How about being healthy so you can continue to enjoy vibrant sunsets, thrilling football games, colorful leaves in the fall, summer barbecues, or birthday cards in the mail?
Everyone can find the motivation to work out! You just have to identify which motivation will get you to your starting line each day and which will help you get to your daily finish line.
There are plenty of great things to enjoy in life. Find your motivation and start earning your frequent flyer miles for your healthy life. Then soar into the future with excitement about what will be!
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