Last Saturday was the 25th annual Trek 100. Trek hosts the ride every year to raise money for the MACC Fund which benefits the fight against childhood cancer. In the last 25 years, we've raised over $12 million to help this great cause. When we founded the ride 25 years ago, the cure rate was 30%. Today that cure rate is almost 80%. I like to think that all of the people who have participated in the Trek 100 over the last 25 years have made a small difference in the lives of children with cancer and their families.
This year's ride was one of the best! We kicked off the ride at 7:30 am on a beautiful Wisconsin day. I welcomed the riders and introduced the founder of the MACC fund, Johnny MAC himself. Johnny MAC played for the Milwaukee Bucks way back in the day and was part of the team that won the World Championship in 1971. When I was in the third grade at Swallow School, Johnny Mac spoke at Sports Night and I had him autograph my pennant. That Milwaukee Bucks pennant flew high in my room until my mother tossed it years later after I left for college. I am over it (kind of). Anyway, after Johnny spoke, Laura Monagle sang the national anthem, and the Wisconsin Badger marching band gave everyone a great send-off.
This year, Brian Conger who runs our B-Cycle bike sharing business, recruited 10 people to join him in riding 100 miles on a 42 pound B-Cycle. Crazy. They all made it. I saw them at the second rest stop - big smiles. I saw them at the third rest stop - smaller smiles. Big smiles when they arrived after 8:37:23 on B-Cycles.
What makes the Trek 100 ever year are the riders, the volunteers, and the incredible rest stops. Where else can you go to have 8 awesome rest stops? Live music at each, a fruit stop, a bbq stop with wings and bread pudding, a pizza stop, and the list goes on. When you get to the finish line at the Trek 100, more food, cold beverages, and lots of time to talk about an incredible ride for a GREAT cause.
A special thanks to Johnny MAC and the MACC Fund for being such great partners for the last 25 years.