Miles for Hope Ride in Clearwater


Last weekend, I rode in the Miles for Hope event. I chose to ride the 50k bike course with some friends. The five of us, three on handcycles and 2 on upright bikes had a great time. The majority of the course was flat and ran along Gulf Boulevard so it was pretty scenic. However, it was not all fun and games, we did get a workout. The 50k was an out and back course and we crossed over both big bridges in Clearwater, twice. After struggling over the last bridge, we all still agreed it was well worth it to support such a great organization, Miles for Hope.

After speaking to Stephanie Macaluso from Miles for Hope it was obvious we were not the only people who felt this way. Stephanie said this year was successful beyond their event goals. The number of participants and amount raised was doubled from last year’s event. This year, Miles for Hope was able to bring over 1600 participants together to support their cause. This easily surpassed their event goal of $125,000 to $150,000. Founder Bob Gibbs, who is a seven year survivor, definitely had a big vision and has made it a success.

If you would like to be involved in this great cause there are still other events coming soon. There are 5k’s and 1 mile fun runs scheduled for Tampa, Orlando, and Ft. Meyers. Thanks again to Westcoast Brace and Limb for sponsoring me in this great event.

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