Thursday, August 9, 2012

AUG 18 & 19 2012 Coup de Cascades - New RAAM qualifier in Redmond. Wa.

Things in Redmond are picking up speed, like the New RAAM Qualifier, Coup de Cascades. For those of you who do not know what RAAM is, it is "Race Across America", the hardest Bicycle race in the world. RAAM is 3000 miles of blood, sweat, and tears....A race, from Oceanside California, to Annapolis, Maryland. So, you have to prove yourself, before they just let you ride in this race, that's where our "Qualifier", the COUP DE CASCADES, comes in. This photo is the 1st winner of the Coup de Cascades 2011, Mick Walsh, and his crew.

This is the 2nd year of this race, and the 1st as being a qualifier, and it's already doubling what they did last year. The 1st year they had 22 participants, and they hope to have 40-50 this year.  The event starts and ends at Mr. Crampy's multisport just east of the back entrance to Marymoor park. And this year a new sponsor jumped onboard, to support this race, HAMMER NUTRITION. There's a  long list of admirers and new people joining the Coup de Cascades FAN page, on Facebook, all the time. Even BICYCLE PAPER, has us listed on their event calendar, this year too. http://www.bicyclepaper.com/events/14596-Coup-de-Cascades-425

"When people find out about this event, they love it", says Co-founder, Kelly Kyle a Redmond Rousers Rotary Club Member. "This Ultra Marathon bike race is just what Washington State needed", says other Co-founder, Shannon Henery.  Both women sat down for coffee one day in April 2011 and came up with the name and idea for this race, and said, "let's do it". With Shannon's racing experience & knowledge and the Rotary Club's knowhow and support, this event is sure to be a classic and a winner for everyone. You can Ride or Race....and everyone is happy.

So, RACE 425 miles...solo or in a team, with your own SAG crew, or you can leisurely RIDE in a 50 or 100 mile supported ride. Both events are to raise money to END POLIO. Rotary International has been committed to ENDING POLIO for over 25 years. Polio is almost completely gone, except in 3 countries, Afhanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. There are less than 200 live cases left in the world, but this is not good enough to stop there. POLIO is contagious and can spread like wild fire....running through communities and villages killing and maming children who are not protected from this virus. If left at this stage, it could completely comeback and kill hundreds of thousands every year. The message is simple, "We can't stop till it is done and gone from this earth. The children of the world are counting on us to do it...for them", says Kelly Kyle a strong advocate and supporter of the END POLIO campaign.

You might be asking....How can I help?.....you can volunteer to help the Redmond Rousers Rotary Club at various water stations or registration, or donate money to the cause. You can RIDE or RACE in the Coup de Cascades and help save a life. You can help spread the message: HELP 1.2 million Rotarians all over the world, along with the WHO, CDC, UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to Eradicate Polio, once and for all, Let's remove POLIO from the earth. Only once before, have humans done this....to a disease. This is a HUGE task...we need the whole world to care about POLIO, to get it done.

PLEASE help us support the Redmond Rousers Rotary, and the Coup de Cascades.

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