I love seeing the sights and freedom one misses when in a car, hitting backroads and exploring our hometown and the social opportunities of group rides. Cycling is also a safe low impact activity for me after total hip replacement.

I cycle in the Two-County Double Metric Century ride because I love to participate in rides that benefit causes I am passionate about and that help the community. What a privilege it is to do something I love AND support local families who are going through extremely difficult times. Also, riding with others I may not see often is a treat. The after-ride festivities are pretty fun as well!  

I have been teaching spin for over 10 years and have loved every minute of it. How awesome is it to put on a microphone and tell people what to do!? And have them do it! With smiles on their faces! It is a privilege to lead fitness classes, to encourage people to keep moving and experience the benefits of exercise and to help foster community. I am a retired RN and I like to think I am still in healthcare, just on the preventative side. In our classes we share each other’s joy. I like to think of The Valley members as one big family.

Supporting worthy causes while enjoying the company of like-minded people is always a good idea. I personally know too many people impacted by cancer, including my son, so I know the challenges these families face. If I can offer help to even one family, it is worth it to join in on these fundraising rides.

Join Lorraine Clarke on the Two-County Double Metric Century ride on Sunday, June 23, 2019. The ride includes lengths for casual riders all the way to serious cyclists. The ride starts and finishes at Providence Regional Cancer System in Lacey and includes a family-friendly celebration from noon – 5:00 pm. Donations will go toward a scholarship managed by The Mayday Foundation, to assist college-aged students whose families have been impacted by cancer. To register, visit www.providence.org/swbikeride.

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