John Labus - Rider # 9
From Friday, November 20th through Sunday, November 21st, I will virtually join hundreds of other individuals who will ride their bicycles 165-miles in support of HIVAids Charities across Florida. Our journeys will be ones filled with hope, filled with pride, and filled with the dream of a future free of AIDS. This year will mark the 17th year of The SMART Ride, my 16th year of participating, and I have set an ambitious goal of $5,000, more than the required $1250, because I believe what we do makes a difference (and because 100% of the money you donate will go back to the community). Again this year, I am also pledging to donate $1000 myself when I reach my goal.
Because of Covid_19, each individual rider was charged with finding their own way to "165". For me, I am in the midst of a "triple 165". Since October 1st, I set a goal to walk 165 miles, climb 165 flights of stairs and ride 165 miles, with those riding miles occurring the weekend of Nov.19-21. As of now, I am just 3 miles away from my walking goal and I have actually doubled my stair climbing goal! For the riding, I will complete 3 days @ 55 miles each by myself, and tracing some of the ride's annual route in the rural areas of far western MiamiDade County near the Everglades. I will explore Key Biscayne and complete a route that's more of an urban assault through Miami Beach, Miami, Pinecrest and Coral Gables.
It's my hope that I can join my fellow riders next year for the group ride to Key West when we hopefully find ourselves on the other end of this pandemic.
We can share the words of Margaret Mead "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has".