UPDATE: Raised $880,000 USD for HIV/AIDS charities!!!

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    Nov 18, 2012 2:25 PM GMT
    The 2-day, 165-mile SMART Ride from Miami to Key West finished yesterday (Sat), and the nearly 500 bicyclists raised a record $860,000 $880,000! We are the second biggest bike ride earner in the US, and 100% of what the participants raise goes to 7 HIV/AIDS nonprofit agencies in South Florida, the entire $860k $880k.

    My partner & I are in Key West now (Sun), staying a few more days to recouperate and simply enjoy Key West (I rode a bike while he was crew, recovering disabled bikes. Mine made it without a flat or other mishap). Neither of us could take much in the way of pictures during the ride, but others did, which I'll share here when I get them, as I've done in previous years.
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    Nov 18, 2012 6:01 PM GMT
    Wow, that is over 5200 in donations per mile and about 10.5 bucks per bicyclist per mile. Do all 500 bicyclists complete the 165 miles? That is a long ways to pedal for just two days. Wow, congratulations, a very admirable accomplishment.
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    Nov 18, 2012 7:24 PM GMT
    Congrats on the new record! And I'm glad you made the entire ride without any mishap. That's quite a feat!

    Tell "C" I give him my regards for being the "bicycle savior" of those who had problems. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 18, 2012 7:47 PM GMT
    alexander7 saidWow, that is over 5200 in donations per mile and about 10.5 bucks per bicyclist per mile. Do all 500 bicyclists complete the 165 miles? That is a long ways to pedal for just two days. Wow, congratulations, a very admirable accomplishment.

    Thanks! This isn't a "pedaling for dollars" event, though, where you earn donations per mile ridden. Rather, the riders raise money all year, and must have gotten at least $1250 before they can register to ride. The top individual money-earner raised over $20,000, while the top team (riders can choose to join teams or ride solo), brought in $100,000. Therefore I knew the grand total before the riders had set out from Miami (I have administrator access to the system).

    Not all the riders finish the 165 miles, but again, they don't need to. They've already brought in the minimum amount whether they even get on a bike. But most do finish, the ride a public demonstration of their support for finding a cure for HIV/AIDS, and for providing services to those with HIV/AIDS. It is both a money raiser and a PR event.

    Many of those riding have HIV or AIDS themselves. The oldest rider this year, according to our records, was - ME! A little younger group this year, usually the oldest are in their 70s, and I rank about 6th or 7th, but it appears my 63 years was tops.

    The first day is 100 miles, staying at Marathon Key in 160 resort villas that we rent. The second day is 65 miles, ending in Key West by 1:30 PM. We do a parade through the city, then have a closing ceremony on a pier.
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    Nov 18, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    Congrats Bob.. awesome job!! Keep up the fantastic work!

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    Nov 18, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
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    Nov 18, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidCongrats on the new record! And I'm glad you made the entire ride without any mishap. That's quite a feat!

    Tell "C" I give him my regards for being the "bicycle savior" of those who had problems. icon_biggrin.gif

    Will do! He's just amazing! 78 years old, had a stroke in May, and he's loading disabled bikes onto a rear bumper bike rack. He rides shotgun in an SUV (we had 8 in service this year), operating the radio to our dispatch center, while a friend of ours does the driving.

    He tells me he always averts his eyes when he sees my rider number, he's afraid he'll see something I'm doing that will upset him. I should mention that because we use open public roads the bikes must travel in single file. With 500 bikes on the road that means we're strung out some 25-30 miles, and it takes a lot of support vehicles to monitor all the riders. We also had 20 motorcycle escorts, likewise equipped with radios to bring assistance for any breakdowns, accidents, or traffic problems.
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    Nov 18, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    This is fantastic. I'm really proud of both of you.
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    Nov 18, 2012 8:19 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidCongrats Bob.. awesome job!! Keep up the fantastic work!

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    Aw shucks! icon_redface.gif

    I just point my bike south and start pedaling until I run out of land. It's my partner who's one of the founders of this thing 10 years ago, and who got me involved in it.

    And I'll tell yah, from the perspective of a former Army Officer who was trained in logistics, these civilian volunteers do an astonishingly good job at organizing and executing an extremely complex operation. Over half of the organizers may be gay (though this is not a gay event), but any stereotypes regarding the shortcomings of gays in terms of planning and producing do not apply here.
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    Nov 18, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    Thats awesome. Congrats!
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    Nov 18, 2012 8:43 PM GMT
    incredible, you rock!
  • gwuinsf

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    Nov 25, 2012 12:39 AM GMT
    A group of AIDS/LifeCycle riders generally go out from California and do it as a vacation ride. I've been thinking of joining them next year. I saw the route slip and the idea of riding through the keys sounds fantastic. I also like the idea of riding with such a smaller and more personal group. ALC is 2,000 riders so there are days where you never even see your friends.
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    Nov 25, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    gwuinsf saidA group of AIDS/LifeCycle riders generally go out from California and do it as a vacation ride. I've been thinking of joining them next year. I saw the route slip and the idea of riding through the keys sounds fantastic. I also like the idea of riding with such a smaller and more personal group. ALC is 2,000 riders so there are days where you never even see your friends.

    Check our web site for info, you can register as a rider or crew, and solicit donations, all online. E-mail me any specific questions you have.

    http://thesmartride.org/
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    Nov 25, 2012 5:42 AM GMT
    Great news! Great job! Congratulations! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 13, 2013 9:07 PM GMT
    UPDATE: We just had the check presentation ceremony this afternoon to the 7 HIV/AIDS agencies that are the recipients of the money we raise with the SMART Ride. The agency amounts vary because the bicyclists can direct a portion of the money they raise to agencies of their choice among those 7.

    The final grand total finished out at $880, 284.18, up from the $860k at ride completion. That's because money had continued to flow in, especially from corporate sources, which cut checks on their own schedules, often quarterly.