PORTLAND — Registration is now open for the American Lung Association in Oregon’s premier Reach the Beach cycling event, to be held Saturday, May 17. Participants have their choice between four different start locations: Portland (100 miles), Newberg (80 miles), Amity (55 miles) or Grand Ronde (28 miles).
Now in its 24th year, the American Lung Association’s Reach the Beach event is known as the start of the Oregon cycling season and is one of the best supported rides in the Northwest. The ride offers superb organization, beautiful routes, medical and mechanical support, eight food stops and a magnificent beach party with a delicious feast at the finish line in Pacific City, Ore.
“I’ve participated in Reach the Beach for many years,” said Peter FitzGerald, one of the Top Ten fundraisers of the 2013 event. “I keep coming back because it is my way to honor losing a dear friend and avid cyclist to lung disease, but Reach the Beach is also an amazing cycling experience with great support. Not only is the route beautiful, the community and teamwork created by the Reach the Beach experience is exemplary. In the end, I also know that I am raising funds for a great cause—the efforts to fight lung disease and create clean air.”
Registration is now open online at www.reachthebeach.org for just $40. Riders also must raise or donate $100 in donations to participate in the event. The ride is limited to 3,000 riders and is expected to sell out.
Funds raised by participants will support the American Lung Association in Oregon’s mission of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. As part of their training, participants receive personalized fundraising support.