I also showed up for the 6:40 pre-ride yoga stretch on Saturday morning. I wasn't thrilled when my alarm went off at 6 a.m., but it felt great, and it was a fun way to get the day started.
One benefit of arriving so early was that I had the chance to see a little bit of what's involved in putting on this event. Volunteers had been there since 5:30 setting up registration tables and the breakfast spread, and everybody had smiles on their faces. At 7:00 sharp, riders started showing up. Being in the midst of people who are excited and looking forward to the day can't help but make your energy level soar. With over 500 riders, that was a lot of positive energy!
|Me, Dorrit, Bruce and Emila|
I almost forgot to mention that the purpose behind the event is to raise money for two great causes. Pedal and Play is co-sponsored by TEAM Punta Gorda and the Isles Yacht Club. TEAM will use its share of the proceeds to promote bike initiatives in Punta Gorda. (Last year's earnings are being used to print brochures with information about the bike loaner program and local bike routes.) The Isles Yacht Club will donate its share of the proceeds to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. (The event is the portion of the IYC's annual Leukemia Cup supported by the Club's cyclists.)
As they say at the Academy Awards, too many people were involved in putting together this year's Pedal and Play to name each one individually. Special kudos go out to Marilyn Thomas, Ray Starsman and Robin Adair, who headed up event planning on behalf of TEAM and IYC, respectively. It was a wonderful day in our wonderful city, leading me to ask my rhetorical question once again, "Aren't I lucky to live here?"