Category Archives: Charity

A 108 mile ride for Charity – Bike to the Beach –

Early morning, Friday July 29th, I along with approximately 350 others rode from Washington DC to Dewey Beach, Delaware for Bike to the Beach.   The Bike to the Beach is a fundraiser with donations given to Autism Speaks to aid in their tireless efforts to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.   I thank everyone for donating to this cause on my personal fundraising page.    The fundraiser raised a total of $300,000 for this event and their New York ride that takes place annually as well.

The Ride:

We started at approximately 4:45 am and rode from Gonzaga HS to the World War II Memorial in Annapolis, MD for the first portion of the ride (33.8 miles).   A wave of riders took off, with lights shining, up North Capitol Street, pass New York Avenue, over Lincoln Road, and off to Bladensburg Road crossing the Anacostia River.    After arriving at the World War II Memorial, riders were greeted and welcomed with orange slices, drinks, and bagels with various spreads.   The bikes were placed in trucks and riders were taken across the Bay Bridge and Kent Narrows Bridge approximately 25 to 30 miles into Maryland and dropped off on Route 404.   An application of sunscreen and off we were on our way to Dewey Beach, only 73 more miles to go.

Aid stations were scattered throughout the course at approximate 10 to 15 mile intervals.  Each aid station had volunteer staff who cheered, gave ice bags, various gels, energy products, and water/gatorade/powerade to refill our water bottles.   Their also were cycling repair staff on site to fix any bike repairs needed on course (and apparently many needed this during their ride).

After 108 miles, I was ready to get off my bike and suck down any cold beverage I could get my hand on at North Beach!

I will do this ride again next year and encourage others too as well!

Tip of the day:

When riding a century, either during training, or for various charities, ride with friends!  Not only do they make great company, but you can use each other, to break the headwind, and maintain a pretty steady pace.  Ron B. and Courtney F. were my friends on this day!


An 8K race to benefit Wounded Warrior Project, Back on my Feet, and High Cloud Foundation

On Saturday evening May 21, 2011; DC Capital Striders Running Group organized an 8K foot race to benefit three charities. These charities included Wounded Warrior Project, Back on my Feet, and High Cloud Foundation.  Approximately 225 runners registered for the running group’s third annual 8k to support various charities.   Sponsors included Explosive Performance, The Running Company, Atayne Products, Lunar Massage, Chadwick’s Pub, Sirius XM Radio, and Seal Team PT.  Volunteers were provided by Back on my Feet and food/beverages were provided by High Cloud Foundation.  Timing services were provided by Jay Wind with Marathon Charity Cooperation.

Last May 2010, the group held it’s 2nd annual 8K race and raised $3500 for the American Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund for Haiti.

About DC Capital Striders Running Group

Founded by Rick Amernick in spring 2006, the running group is a community of runners in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland.   Runners  come together for group runs, annual races benefiting various charities, education and support, and social events.  The group makes a place for new runners and experienced athletes – out for fun and exercise, or training for races of all distances.

Current weekly runs are featured in Washington DC (Eastern Market; Stanton Park; Columbia Heights, Glover Park), and Virginia (Fairfax Corner, Belle Haven Park, Great Falls Park (Difficult Run), and Mclean VA.

We thank these running group leaders: Tom M., Jeff A., James B. Chris G., Evelyn L.; Ashleigh C., Lindsay M., Christine M., David R., Joe S., and Kirsten W.

Visit for more information on the running group and to visit the group’s weekly calendar of runs, seminars, and other social events.