Purple Ride Stride in Minneapolis
6:00 AM brought a chilly autumn Minnesota morning upon the Purple Ride Stride volunteers and organizers. Amongst them were 28 members of RRT, gearing up for a successful day of support for the community. Purple Ride Stride Minnesota is a signature event of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Purple Stride events raise awareness about the critical mission of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and give local residents the opportunity to help make strides toward a better future.
The events also contribute millions of dollars toward the mission to advance research, support patients and create hope. Funds raised help provide personalized support for patients and support research grants and advocacy efforts to increase federal pancreatic cancer research funding. This 2015 event raised $400,000!
For participants, it is a journey toward hope that is filled with inspiration. It is a time to honor loved ones fighting pancreatic cancer. It is a day when all of the family and friends of pancreatic cancer patients can come together in solidarity and gain both comfort and encouragement.
To start the day off, RRT met with the event organizers and discussed our roles and responsibilities for the event. RRT helped in many areas throughout the day. They assisted with set up, traffic control in and out of the park, loading and unloading the buses, parking, shuttling people to the event, managing water stops along the course, distributing water at the finish line and afterwards, the entire tear down effort!
This year over 2500 people rode bikes or participated in the 5K run/walk! Many participants for the biking portion of the race arrived in an array of costumes to show their support. Most had joined teams, supporting a lost loved one, or a survivor. Teams brought signs, pictures, and many had shirts printed to show their support. Others had painted their hair purple or wore wigs, and one group displayed their support by wearing purple tutus!
The biking portion of the event had 3 separate segments; 8 mile, 25 mile and 50 mile biking courses. RRT managed all 5 water stops along the routes to provide the participants with nourishment. RRT members met the bikers with a friendly smile, nourishments and words of encouragement as the tired bikers came into the water stops for a break. The 5K run/walk was very popular as well with over 1500 participants.
A good day came to an end with the National Anthem being sung, the survivors being honoured, and other closing ceremonies. It was a great way to spend a day for such a worthy cause! Thank you Purple Ride Stride for all you do.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network was very pleased with the help RRT provided. A couple of quotes from the Event Planners and Organizers are published below.
“ I would never lose sleep again if I knew RRT was helping at the event. You put the Rapid in Rapid and the Relief in Relief.” Mike Purple Ride Stride Organizer
“ We really appreciate your conscientious team. You have the ability to just do what needs to be done. We would love to have RRT again next year!” Lisa Johnson PurpleRideStride Event Organizer