Friday, October 14, 2011

Wildly Diverse Groups...Benefiting One Cause

Back in the early 1980's, the parents of a friend of mine organized an event called the Florida Coast to Coast Ride. It was a group of motorcycle riders spending the day riding as many back roads as they could find between the west coast of Florida near Tampa and the east coast of Florida near Cocoa Beach.  It was the start of a tradition that was curtailed by his dad's health problems and then the event faded away in 1990.

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Fourteen years later, this friend resurrected the
Florida Coast2Coast Ride in his dad's memory, this time as a fund raiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ironically, just days after that first resurrection event, he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. The event has taken place every year since, and I am proud to be a part of the event as a supporter, developing and maintaining the webpage and handling the on-line registrations, and as a participant.  

Taking all day to get from the west coast of Florida to the east coast of Florida seems highly improbable, what with Interstate 4 running along that very same path.  But this friend has managed to find every possible tiny little road there is between the two coasts, and has planned a diabolical route using these roads to get us from one side of the state to the other in the least efficient manner possible.  It's all great fun and raises money for this great cause.

This year the event takes place November 12.  A week later, on November 20, the Women's Half Marathon will be held in St. Petersburg, FL.   We're talking about a different group of people doing what they love to do, with the same beneficiary:  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  We're talking about people running a diabolical route that will take them from point A to point B through the streets of St. Petersburg in the least efficient manner possible in order to cover 13.1 miles between two points that are barely a mile apart. 

There's a satisfying degree of poetic parallelism to these two events. Don't you agree?

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