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2009

August 16, 2009

THANK YOU sponsors and supporters!  This event is a really big deal to me.

2009 was a great success!  Our team of 8 exceeded our goal of $5,000!  My personal fund raising of over $3,000 put me in a yellow jersey for the 6th year in a row.

With all of the training, preparation and fund raising in the background, my thoughts were with Kristen.   And perhaps, so were yours; the on-line photos of Kristen were viewed over 1,000 times in the month of July!  I very know this event gives friends and family an opportunity to remember Kristen.

It’s stories like Kristen’s that got this event close the $1 million mark this year.  Next year the event will expand beyond Charlotte and D.C to Atlanta.  All of the supporters of the In Memory Of Kristen Weaver team should take pride in this expansion.  This event could be the next MS-150, with locations and chapters all over the country, or the world.   I am already committed to doing this event next year.

Here are some of the people I want to recognize

Supporters:

DadMomLisa and Sal, Mom and Dad

These guys get the long distance award this year.  They drove up from Florida again, stayed at a nice hotel and made a little vacation of it; they took great care of themselves.  I always know where to find them; cheering  along the route.  Without a single address for the loop, the GPS in the car just gets them close.  I never know where on the course they’ll show up.  We enjoyed a post event dinner together and some great family time.

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JohnTreyJohn and Trey, Kristen’s dad and step-brother

John and Trey were back again.  These guys drove up from Florida early enough to help me setup the tent.  John’s presence really legitimizes the event for me as I introduce him to folk’s as “Kristen’s dad, up from Florida.”  These guys rode bikes back and forth between my house and loop all day, way to go John!  Look for Trey to register, fund raise and do some laps next year.

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BeverlyBeverly, girlfriend

My sauce, with red kidney beans was supposed to feed the the whole house for 24 hours; but I burned it after the first meal, about 6 quarts of it.  Beverly saved the day by remaking the sauce.  Everyone agreed that her sauce was much better!  Beverly also did a great job taking all the photos of the team, the supporters and my Donald Haack boys.  She brought her kids to help cheer us on to a strong finish.

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Riders:

Tony:

TonyTony drives up from Florida for this event each year.  Tony came up earlier in the season and did the Collier Lily ride with the Donald Haack team, so he knew some more guys on the course this year.  As always, we did a bunch of miles together but we also spent a bunch of time together between laps.  Thanks Tony!

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ChrisRollinChris and Rollin:

The guys did a lot of catching up while toting around Robbie and Olivia on the course, lap after lap.  Chris and Rollin made a real family deal out of the event this year, between laps the families the worked the playground and made a real weekend out of it.  The playground and our tents were conveniently located under the largest tree in Meyers Park; and the only tree in Bootyville.  Thanks guys!

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MikeMike:

I hated telling Mike that Jeff couldn’t make the event this year.   I did a late night ride with Mike that ended up at that big party along the loop, the white house with the dance floor (Brian’s friends).  Mike took over the heat shifts as usual on his new/refurbished bike from the Recyclery.  Great job Mike, Thanks!

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Kevin

BradKevin and Brad:

I ran into Kevin and Brad on the loop just before 6am.  I was getting started and they had been riding the twilight shift.  We did the sunrise the laps together.  Conversations with the sun coming up are always interesting.   And the sun is very energizing. Thanks guys!

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JeffJeff:

I got  a late call from Jeff with the news that he couldn’t make the ride.   He still raised the second most amount of money on the team.  I thought about calling Aldo to take his laps this year to even things up from 2005.  As for Jeff, no one can ever take away his support and involvement to this event over the years.  Thanks Jeff, we missed you.

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DonaldHaackMDonald Haack Team:

Thanks for wearing the butterfly!  I couldn’t ask for better friends to train with.

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