The Less Cancer Ride to Mackinac Second Annual July 12, 2014
Spring has sprung! The D.C. Metro area is covered in blossoms and the temperature is finally tolerable. It’s great to be outside getting some mileage in the legs. There is much riding to be done with just about two months until we roll out of Port Huron.
I am getting reports from a variety of locations on how training is going for the Less Cancer Bike Ride to Mackinac.
Up above the 45th parallel, Beth is finally getting out on the road after the long, brutal winter that hit Northern Michigan. Brian, Barry, and Dave have been doing long endurance rides in the Detroit area. Dave has also taken up marathon running and recently qualified for the 2015 Boston Marathon–big kudos to him. Tom and Jeanne are riding their single-speed mountain bikes and plan to break-out their tandem over Memorial Day Weekend. And I have been out with Miles on a number of rides here in D.C., including a harrowing trek down to the National Mall & Tidal Basin to see Washington’s infamous cherry blossoms. We unknowingly chose the weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival for the trip and found ourselves among ten gazillion people. As great as it was to see so many enjoying the outdoors, it was total gridlock and a bit disconcerting on the bike.
It does serve as a reminder that being outside is a great step in becoming more active and that’s what the Less Cancer Bike Ride to Mackinac is all about—encouraging people to get moving.
We know that maintaining a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) and well-balanced diet are known ways of reducing cancer risk. Along with the physical benefits, exercise and good nutrition also improve mental health, reduce stress, and have a positive effect on mood. Here at Less Cancer, we are all for that!
Whether you want to start a walking routine, a running regimen, or spin around town on a bike, you can train along with us as we prepare for our big ride. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and let us know what you’re doing to get in shape—we’d love to hear from you.
Until then, get outside and enjoy the spring!
On Saturday, July 12,2014 as sailboats leave Port Huron, cyclists for Lesscancer.org will ride 300 miles north to Mackinac Island. Last year the ride was accomplished in two days.
Be sure to check out the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race 90 Years. The bike ride coincides with the Port Huron- Mackinac Sail Boat Race.
To educated that 50% of cancer’s are preventable by things we can do:
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a healthy diet.
Things you can do :
Educate Yourself on how to reduce cancer risk. You can read more here from the blogs from a special series around National Cancer Prevention Day 2012 brought to you by Lesscancer.org and the Hufffington Post.
You can also donate towards the ride and show your support by making a donation of any amount. PLEASE DONATE HERE.
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