Pacificans Ride Bikes to L.A. to Fight AIDS
April 2, 2010
Thousands of cyclists are gearing up for this year's ninth annual AIDS Lifecycle, a 545-mile trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles, June 6-12. Each rider must raise a minimum of $3,000 to participate, and proceeds provide direct support to HIV/AIDS patients. Last year, the event raised $10.5 million for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
The Crawford family of Pacifica will once again be among participants. Phil, his brother Robin and Robin's son, Clint, have been training in preparation for the ride. They sometimes pedal to Santa Rosa and back -- a distance of 85 miles and roughly what they would travel in a day on the AIDS ride.
"For a week, there is a chain of 2,500 people riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles. That means everyone who has been isolated from this illness knows there are people working for them and making sure their basic needs are met," said Robin.
The ride's organizers furnish meals, tents and hot showers for the cyclists. In addition, businesses and individuals along the route hand out snacks and show their support. "It's a tangible sign of people's gratitude for what we are doing," said Clint.
For more information, visit www.aidslifecycle.org.
San Jose Mercury News
03.23.2010; Jane Northrop, Pacifica Tribune