It is now Friday, October 15th (2 days before the event) and no one including 311 can find information about which routes and/or streets will be closed during the Nike Women's Marathon.
Yes, the triangular signs with florescent lettering are tagged on the streets posts that state NO PARKING etc.. but do I see a single notice stating alternate routes or a closure of Great Highway? I am all for charitable events like this, since we a non-profit, community based group, but let's disseminate ROAD CLOSURE information better, there are those that need to get out of the city and go to work.... But, as usual, the agencies contracted or hired to inform the public can't because MTA hasn't updated their information and circulated to the powers that be (e.g. 311, Police Department etc...). And, frankly NIKE doesn't have anything on there website.
Let's prepare better for next year and post on all websites ROAD CLOSURES well in advance and not the night before or having to guess by looking at a year old article. And, make the NOTICE OBVIOUS. Should not have to hunt for information, it should be on the 1st Page.
Thanks to everyone for such a terrific and successful day.
Lots of people stopped by the booth and signed up for notification of current information and events. We hope to see you soon and will join us in the Fight for Curing Lung Cancer and Lung Related Diseases, and for Clean Air.
Don't forget the Fight for Air Walk on Treasure Island - October 2, 2010. If the weather is like last year, it should be beautiful. This event is approximately 3 miles around the island and a family oriented event. See you there!
Thank you again for your support, Renee & Bil - Oceanside Air Masters & American Lung Association in California
Oceanside Air Masters will be at the August 22nd Sunday Streets advocating, building community awareness and promoting Clean Air and Fighting for A Cure for Lung Cancer for American Lung Association in California.
Stop by our table/booth to say hello, chat and Donate to ALAC and the upcoming event on October 2, 2010 - Fight For Air @ Treasure Island (more info to follow)
First, I want to thank every Member on Our Team who Participated and Supported this very important cause in Fighting to Find A Cure for Lung Cancer and Lung Related Diseases and For Clean Air by getting out the word, diligently fundraising, putting in countless hours, putting up with me, and helping me and others like me to Remember Their Loved Ones by supporting this Cause.
Next, we want to SINCERELY THANK EVERYONE who DONATED & SPONSORED us along this marvelous journey. You are our Angels and you were right there sitting on our shoulders Cheering Us On! Thank you from the bottom of Our Hearts!
Mere words cannot express how proud and appreciative I am to have you all in my Life!!!
Our Goal was to raise $2000 and to date we have all raised $1,900.00. We still are hoping to meet our goal and the Ride has given us the opportunity to do this by extending the Fundraising date to July 23rd. We have a few other donations coming in and I am confident that we will meet this goal and perhaps even exceed it!
Now that the Road Grime has finally been washed off and we have somewhat settled back into our everyday routine, but wish it could be like that scene from Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, again and again, we'll just have to settle for gearing up for next year and find something else to fill our days, like spending time with our friends and loved ones.
We had a wonderful day, the weather was perfect (light breeeze, temps in the high 70's to low 80's, next day was in the 100's), company marvelous, low traffic on the roads, no one was hurt, no leg cramps thanks to Zym, great music & food at the Festival and a good time was had by all!
Marjie had signed up for the 12 Mile leg & decided to try the 30 Miler & she did FANTASTIC. Now she'll have to do the 66 next year.
CONGRATS Marjie, you're a Road Warrior!
Kathy, Marjie & I will get Rose & Bil to do the 30 or maybe we'll shoot for the 100 (riggggght) so we can experience the pain together, hee-hee!
7 HOURS approximately, UNTIL THE BIG RIDE, YIPPY!!!!! 1 Day; 8 Hours approximately, Can't believe it's Here, Yee-Ha! 2 Days; 12 Hours approximately, Yeah! 3 Days; 7-1/4 Hours to Go, Yee-Ha!!! :):):) 4 Days; 18-1/2 Hours til The Ride, Yippy! :):) 5 Days; 7-1/2 Hours til the BIG DAY
I will have lots to share; experiences, stories and, of course, picture and videos.
We want to thank each and everyone of you who is routing for us & has Supported Us in our journey.
Thank you and say prayers for us!
God Bless & Take Care, Renee, Bil, Kathy, Rosemarie, Marjie & Mom ~ Our Team XOXO
Kieran O'Carroll of Sloat Parkside Properties, LLC cares about his community and everything he develops, designs and builds he does with great thought, love, concern for the local surroundings and community in mind!
We thank Kieran & Sloat Parkside Properties, LLC so much for being a stance Supporter of Our Team and the Cause to Fight for a Cure for all Lung Related Diseases and For Clean Air!
We thank our Sponsor, Zym, for generously donating these amazing products.
Zym is superior to other products because "the formulas we design for endurance athletes sets ZYM apart from other sports drinks. ZYM's blend of electrolytes, B Vitamins and other elements make it effective against muscle burn and dehydration while leaving out the excess sugar. This provides athletes with fresh legs, natural energy and more endurance so they can perform their best."
All you have to do to make Zym your go to product is, "Drop it, Dissolve it, Down it."
Many thanks to Brian Koff (CEO) and Michael Koff (Marketing) for helping us on our journey and their Support to help us Fight for Clean Air, Finding a Cure for Lung Cancer & Lung Related Diseases.
http://gozym.com/ Official electrolyte drink of the Bike The Drive, Chicago, IL
The club was established December 31, 1942 as the founding fathers marched off to World War II and entrusted the club and its' boats to the youngest member, who was "three months short of his seventeenth birthday."
The club organizes and manages Yacht Racing, Youth Sailing Programs, Dining and Social Events, Cruising and Community Functions. Additionally they support and donate to worthy causes, such as ours and they work very hard to benefit the community with the Sausalito on-the-Waterfront and the Sausalito Youth Sailing Foundations.
We thank them for helping us Fight to Cure Lung Cancer & Lung Related Diseases, For Clean Air, Early Detection & Education.
Because of their generous Support our loved ones will not be forgotten.
As a Native Californian, I have never rode my bicycle across the Golden Gate Bridge so, this past Saturday, June 19, 2010 I finally rectified that situation. Unfortunately, I picked one of our VERY WINDY days. People were being blown around, kids were crying, but all in all it was FUN, FUN, FUN and if I ever had a bucket list, I could mark this off....
Look at the poor little Girl behind me. Coming around this corner the wind almost knocked her off her bike, scared her and made her cry.
A lovely couple from Las Vegas took this for me.
To quote one of our Sponsors (Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals), "Bike The Bridge," and I did, Yee-Ha!
What a beautiful Bridge!
SHAKE CITY, how the bridge might look during an Earthquake, remember the 1st Superman movie?
Our latest Sponsorship Donation comes from a GREAT Group of People at Associated Trucking.
If you need a construction site, house, apartment, garage, or just about anything cleared out or cleaned out, Associated Trucking is your company. They are efficient, on time, friendly, very hard working and very reasonably priced.
They are terrific people and we thank them for Supporting the Cause to Cure Lung Cancer & Lung Related Diseases as well as Fighting for Clean Air!
We have been so busy getting ready for the ride, training, fundraising and getting out the word about how you can Support the Cause in the Fight Against Lung Cancer & Lung Related Diseases and Clean Air that I forgot to post the piece featured in Supervisor Carmen Chu's May 2010 Newletter, click on this link - SEE PAGE 11:
The team and myself were very fortunate to be featured as the "Sunset District Spotlight" for District 4. FYI - The person on the LEFT is ME not the one on the Right. The other lady is Kathy Franklin, a childhood chum and one of our team mates, Oceanside Air Masters. Thank you Carmen and Staff!
We are so looking forward to the Breathe Easy Ride in just 12 Days.
Thank you everyone for Supporting Us. Take Care, Renee & Team XO
Our friends @ SanFranRealEstate.com are our NEWEST SPONSORS.
SanFranRealEstate.com has a simple mission, "to sell property to people and sell property for people." They believe in listening to your needs. Their motto is that "from beginning to end of your experience with us, our focus is on you and the property you are seeking to buy or sell.
Thank you Tim, Christine and Company for your Support in the Cause to Fight Lung Cancer & Lung Related Diseases and for Clean Air!
Here's little ol' me riding along the rodes in Sonoma County at the Wine Country Century preparing for the Breathe Easy Ride. We completed the Metric Century, so I've decided I'll be doing the 66 miles with Kathy in June.
Friends and Family are participating even my hubby, Bil is riding 12 miles.
We still need everyone who is going to JOIN the Team to register so we can organize and make plans prior to the day.
Kathy & I have been training for the RIDE on June 26th! We just finished the 66 Mile CINDERELLA Ride that started and ended at the Pleasanton Fair Grounds. We finished and did great.. I wasn't even sore except my hands and shoulders, but got a massage (a perk) at the end of the ride and BOY that helped!!
Gee, if I'm willing to post this picture (Kathy looks great but not my best picture) you should know that we care about: Breathing Clean Air, Fighting for A Cure, having fun, being fit and training for American Lung Association in honor of those that cannot ride! Pleaseeeeee JOIN THE TEAM!!!
JOIN THE TEAM - we'll start to train for your ride, no matter what length you'll sign up for: 12, 30, 66, 100 Miles.
4/1/10 No April Fools Joke - we've finished the Stair Climb and it's OFFICIAL, Kathy & I FINISHED in approximately 21 MINUTES, it's time to JOIN THE BREATHE EASY RIDE TEAM (see below on how to join).
Now let's get GOING & JOIN THE BIKE TEAM!!!! We need to start Fundraising, Train, Plan & so on. We don't want to be stressed about other matters on the day of the ride. We just want to relax, ride & enjoy!!
SPONSORS: If you know anyone who might be interesting in Sponsoring us, please give them my contact information. We will gladly display their Name/Company Name on our Literature, Shirts, Etc.
Length: 12, 30, 66 or 100 Miles - A level for everyone
When: June 26, 2010
Location: 1400 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928-4923
Check In & Start Times :
12 Miles - Check In 8:00-9:30 am; Be on Road by 9:30 am
30 Miles - Check In 8:00-9:30 am; Be on Road by 8:30 am
66 Miles - Check In 6:30-7:30 am; Be on Road by 7:30 am
100 Miles - Check In 6:00-6:30 am; Be on Road by 6:30 am
Entrance & Other Fees: $50 includes fully stocked rest stops, SAG crews and mechanics & at the end of the ride enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a fully catered lunch, live music, wine and beer garden, massages, team photos, and celebrate how you made a difference in the lives of those with lung disease
$15 for Non-Rider Luncheon - after the ride and Goodies, Optional $100 Team Jerseys, Optional (may be waived, if we get Sponsors) OR If each INDIVIDUAL raises $500, we can order Team Jerseys with the Team Name and American Lung Association on them. MUST be ordered by April 20th and in blocks of 5.
Fundraising Goal: There is a MINIMUM commitmentper individual to raise $150 but more would be greatly accepted.
If this is an issue we can work together to make it happen. Also, your employer or organization(s) you belong to could be on the list Gift Match Participants (ask for a list). Additionally, if someone, employer, local organization etc. wants to sponsor us vs. donating to ALA, this could assist in paying for Team Jerseys or something else..
As a member of the American Lung Association Leadership Team, I would happy to speak with anyone who you may feel uncomfortable approaching to Donate (your company, professional associations, family etc...)
We want to do whatever we can to make this a successful Fundraising Campaign and have Tons of Fun doing it!
Bicycle Rentals:Getaway Adventures is the premiere bicycle tour operator of Wine Country. Since 2007, Getaway Adventures has graciously offered easy bicycle rentals for the Breathe Easy Ride. Getaway Adventures updates their bicycle fleet every year to ensure their customers are riding the newest and best condition bicycles around. If you don't have a bike, and want to ride, contact Randy at Getaway Adventures to arrange your rental. The toll free number is 1-800-499-2453.
Spoke with Randy on April 29th and the cost to rent a hybrid 24 speed bike is $30 for the day which includes a helmet & (1) CAGE for water bottle.
If you do not have a HELMET, you can rent one for $10. Helmets are requiredfor the ride.
Rate for: 1 King & Pull Out or 2 Queens & Pull Out (Sleeps 4) $130 - Call Reservations and tell them your with BREATHE EASY RIDE.
There are a few rooms available for Friday, 6/25 & Saturday 6/26 but, NEED to make reservation by May 22, after this date NONE @ the $130 rate or may not be any rooms available. (707) 584-5466 One Double Tree Drive Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Distance to & From Hotel to Ride - 8.8 Miles - Map to follow
Sheraton - Sonoma County - Petaluma
745 Baywood Drive Petaluma, CA 94954
We would like the Team Members to encompass all levels, Novice to Pro.
This isn't the Tour de France but the Tour de Healthy Fun! My very 1st ride was last year at the tender age of 51 and I did 28 miles, Yee-Ha, could not believe I did that. It's amazing and so gratifying.
So, just because you're not Lance Armstrong, you can still feel like a Pro when you ride across the Finish Line having done 1 Mile or 100 Miles. You will know that you've had fun, done something amazing and all the while you've supported a very worthy cause!!
We will be putting together some training rides prior to the event so we can all meet and feel comfortable getting on the road. Will advise and also ask for dates that work for everyone.
Will be updating this blog a few times a week, so stay tuned!!
4/1/10 - No, this isn't an April Fools Day Joke. It's OFFICIAL, Kathy & I FINISHED in approximately 21 MINUTES, Yippy!!! We bettered our record by about 15 minutes, so next year we're gonna shoot for finishing in 15 minutes, righttttttt!!!
1) To JOIN THE TEAM, click on this link and contact me:
4/1/10 - No, this isn't an April Fools Day Joke. It's OFFICIAL, Kathy & I FINISHEDin approximately 21 MINUTES, Yippy!!! We bettered our record by about 15 minutes, so next year we're gonna shoot for finishing in 15 minutes, righttttttt!!!
2009: In Remembrance of my Beloved Mother,
~ Donna Mae Perry ~ XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO Miss You So Much!!
April 12, 1935 ~ March 19, 2001
Picture to Follow:
2010: In Memory of Joseph "Joey" F. Kalinski
March 15, 1931 ~ December 12, 2009
Who Always Fought For Life, Love, Family and his Country
If you'd like to leave a message for the family on the Chicago Tribune's Guestbook until 12/15/10, please click on link below:
Bank of America Building - 555 California Street, San Francisco
Start Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
You will be assigned a specific starting wave time one week before the event. Generally, teams with many members will receive the earlier starting wave times with smaller teams and individual climbers starting later inthe morning.
Please come about one hour before your wave time to check-in, receive your timing chip and
t-shirt and warm up.
Entrance Fees:$25 plus a MINIMUM Fundraising requirement of $100.
The bad news is that if this goal is not met the amount will be charged to your credit card, but the good news is you have one month after the event to meet the goal. Also, if you raise say $40 only the diference will be charged to your card.
Know this is kind of short notice, but believe this Goal can be accomplished. If you need help approaching people for a donation, please ask me, as I am on the Leadership Team.
This should give us plenty of time to Fundraise and Train
Info for Guests / Non Climbers:
Enjoy the view while you wait for us at the top.
Obtain Guest passes for the finish-line celebration - Available for $20 each
How Our Participation All Began:
Since, Mom passed away 2001, I have been wanting to do something to get involved in fighting and speaking out for Lung Cancer victims but never had, until my childhood friend talked me into doing this Climb. Well, Thank God, Kathy conned me into this! Since, we are gluttons for punishment, we are gearing up to Climb again.
Come Join us for our 2nd Annual Climb to The Top of the Bank of America Building to Support the FIGHT FOR AIR....
I was so scared that I would end up with Rubber Legs, not be able to move the next day or worse yet not make it all the way, NOT the case. We did it and gee, Kathy & I and Bil were surprised on how quickly we made it to the top. Believe me, we were'nt pushing it, we stopped for the water breaks and to catch our breath. What I'm trying to express is that, if I can do it, you certainly can. It's so worth it to know that you can accomplish something that some might take for granted. Oh and if this isn't enough incentive to join us, don't worry there are all age and fitness levels doing this climb... You just take one step at a time and go at your own pace!
Obviously, we survived and lived to tell the tale. And, boy what a tale it is? 52 flights = 1197 Stairs, we completed in approximately 35 minutes, LOVE the view at the top at the Carnelian Room (which sadly closed January 1, 2010), enjoyed good entertainment, food and fellow Climbers and all for a Great Cause!!!
Ape Do Good - Silk Screeners Etc. http//www.apedogood.com/ Tim Ott - Graphic / Lettering Designer The Harbor Shop, Sausalito, CA
More To Follow Soon
List of Donors (past & present)
Anonymous Joyce Bobek Barbara Cappa Julie Church Feyereisen Family Jeff Francis Dana Flynn James Gogarty Kevin Gogarty Rose Gogarty Ryan Gogarty Mrs. Patricia Green Valerie Harrison Patti A. Ihli Charles A. Jonas Daniel Lewbin Stuart Marshall Ken & Dorothy Moser Spencer Nash Cynthia Paraschos Dale Ploeger Julie Quinn Stephen Steffy Stan & Margaret Turner Ms. Suzanne Werner Mrs. Kathryn Anne Witzke
Our Team has been created to advocate, bring about awareness & Raise Funds to support the American Lung Association, the FOR LIFE SUPPORT GROUP and our Local Community.
Please help us to obtain our Goal and Support us for EARLY DETECTION, CLEAN AIR and FIGHT FOR A CURE AGAINST LUNG CANCER