February 21, 2011

UVM Triathletes Raise $1,500 During 24-Hour Stationary Bike Ride in Partnership with Boloco Inspired Burritos

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:16 pm by Lund

UVM Triathletes cheer as they receive warm cookies to get them through the chilly night hours of the 24-Hour Ride.

On February 12, a spirited group of cyclists from UVM’s Triathlon Club pedaled their hearts out on stationary bikes outside of Boloco Inspired Burritos on Church Street in downtown Burlington. The cyclists rode beneath a tent adorned with a Lund Family Center banner, yet the shelter did little to keep the snowflakes off the riders’ smiling faces. While riders pedaled in shifts, Triathlon Club President Greg Kass paced up and down Church Street enthusiastically educating shoppers about Lund’s mission and rallying the crowd’s support for the fundraiser that was taking place: the UVM Triathlon Club’s 24 Hour Ride to benefit Lund Family Center. The Church Street venue offered the event maximum exposure to the public: according to burlingtonvermonthomes.com, 3,000,000 pedestrians visit Church Street Marketplace annually. The triathletes generated $1,500—proceeds from the stationary ride went to Lund Family Center and a portion benefitted the team’s efforts to defray costs associated with their trip to the Collegiate Nationals in Tuscaloosa, Alabama this spring. This is part of the Club’s larger partnership with Lund; the team will ride and volunteer at Lund Family Center’s Mother’s Day Bike Ride on May 8, 2011 and propel the event to greater success.

Kass is a senior nursing student at UVM and has been part of the Triathlon Club for two years. Kass raced road bikes in high school, and he began running marathons in college. Experiencing success in these two sports, he began competing in triathlons. Kass took a break to chat about the fundraiser in between riding and doing handstands in the middle of Church Street.

“I started this fundraiser last year and was happy to see it succeed. It’s great because people want to give to Lund, and the donations help both of us out. Last year we entered a team in the Mother’s Day Ride and had a great time. This year we’re entering again. Boloco Inspired Burritos has also generously provided us with food to keep us going. We all love this event, and we enjoy getting the crowd involved.”

Groups of cyclists rode in shifts during the event, ensuring that the 24 hour goal was successfully reached. The number of cyclists riding during the event varied from four to seven riders at any given time.  Brian Swichkow, Lund Family Center’s Social Media Marketing Manager, rode with the riders for two hours, and Sarah Hoffert, Lund’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Specialist, cheered on the riders with a group of  three Lund Residents and Outreach Panelists.  Sarah shared how she and Kass were previously acquainted during one of Lund’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Outreach presentations:

“The partnership between LFC and the UVM Triathlon team was jump-started by a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program panelist’s story of the realities of teen pregnancy and parenting in Greg’s (UVM Tri President) nursing class. Because of this connection we knew we wanted to be a part of this great event by cheering the bikers on with signs of support.”

Sarah and her enthusiastic cheering squad helped the riders out by sharing Lund’s mission with curious passerby, clarifying Lund Family Center’s programs, and securing donations.

Many thanks to Greg and the UVM Triathlon Club for riding in the cold and supporting Lund Family Center!  We are also grateful for the incredible generosity Boloco has shown in sponsoring the 24-Hour Stationary Ride over the past two years.  Many thanks to Heather and Andy from Boloco for feeding the riders, giving them a place to warm up, and for supporting Lund in all its endeavors.

See the riders in action!

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