At the time, Allan was the Executive Director of the First Descents cancer foundation. I loved everything about the mission of this foundation as it combined youth with adventure and the outdoors and, most importantly, a noble purpose . . . to serve a wildly underserved young-adult cancer demographic. If I was going to do this asinine race, I wanted to make a mark. So Allan and I created Team First Descents and rounded up several like-minded (or should I say, out-of-our-minded) individuals to not only join me in Leadville, but to use the race as a platform to raise money for First Descents.
Needless to say, I finished that first race in 11 hours and 11 minutes and Team First Descents succeeded in raising over $85,000 for the foundation. Since then, I finished Leadville in 10:35 in 2008 and 9:56 in 2009 and am delusionally hoping to break 9 hours in 2010. More importantly, we raised nearly $200,000 more for FD in 2008 and 2009 and I am hoping that Team FD can raise another $100,000 this summer with our Leadville fundraiser. Please support us.
Postscript: I am now a full-fledged endurance biking fanatic and log thousands of miles a year on my road and mountain bikes. This summer I will be participating in the Triple Bypass, Silver Rush 50, Leadville 100 and Shenandoah 100 along with several informal centuries and epic rides.
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