Issue 23pulse

Hundreds Ride for Mom

Riders and Chris Murphy at turnaround_issue23


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By Chris Murphy

Nearly 400 riders came out to get in gear, support fitness and health, and take a Ride for Mom. Despite the spits of rain, the riders had a blast—cruising through the countryside east of Modesto, getting in a few hills, and meeting new friends with a common interest.

This annual tradition was started five years ago by local attorney Bob Fores as a tribute to his mother, Jinx, who passed away after her second battle with cancer. It made a big impression on Bob and he committed to spread the word about healthy fitness for moms, women, and people in general. The rides are fun lengths and there was something for every ability. The organizing team of Ride for Mom is made up of community-minded individuals, Rotarians, and education and civic leaders who care, share, and are committed to improving our quality of life.

Ride for Mom was held on the day before Mother’s Day, May 7, and started at Johansen High School in Modesto. The 10, 35 and 77 mile rides all included rest stops and support, swag, and lunch. Riders were treated to free bike service from Fun Sports Bikes and the Oakdale Bike Shop. After the ride, Greens on 10th and Concetta served up an amazing lunch while Tony Varni donated his locally-loved Noah’s water. All riders who came got a spiffy medal and many riders spent a few hours after the ride sharing cycling stories and adventures. This is one of the cool rides where both the racers and the casual riders were out in support of the Ride for Mom cause.

In addition, the Ride for Mom Organizing Team hosted an early check-in and a pre-ride social event on May 6 at McHenry Village in Modesto that featured local bike shops, food vendors, music by Big Earl Matthews and Ray Vazira, and even a travelling vintage bike museum. This year, Ride for Mom even produced a very cool vintage wool jersey that many sported in the ride the next day. A thank you banquet was hosted by Dr. Mike and Michaela Purnell.

Huge thanks go out to all of the volunteers and sponsors that made this event happen. There were road marshals, sag wagon drivers, tech support, registration, and check-in volunteers that made the event go smoothly and ensured it was a success.

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