I cycle as a way to stay healthy – there is just something about the feeling of pain in your legs and the burning of your chest as you are trying to push yourself physically and mentally. You just can’t beat the feeling of accomplishment after a nice, hard ride. I have also come to love all the little roads and trails in the Olympia and Lacey area. I can honestly say I would have never known they existed if I was not riding them on my bike.

I learned about the Two-County Double Metric Century ride when I was looking for an event to contribute to. I have volunteered for other Washington-based events, including the STP and Daffodil Classic, as ride support and a medical rider (initial first aid assistance). It was time to volunteer closer to home. I have participated in planning this ride since 2014, when I returned from an overseas tour in Korea and retired from military service.

This ride has been in the community for over 30 years and it is a privilege to be a part of it. I have really enjoyed watching this ride grow into the partnership with the Capital Bicycling Club, Providence Regional Cancer System and now The Mayday Foundation. I look forward to seeing where it can go in the future and hopefully becoming a major ride in the state.

I am setting an example for my kids by volunteering, riding and fundraising.

Join Paul Cruz in 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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