US – Minneapolis RRT Team Assists At The Purple Ride Stride
It was a typical crisp autumn Saturday – Just perfect for a 50-mile bike ride, timed 5K run, or a family walk for the “Purple Ride Stride”. The activities twisted around the lake and through the woods of Elm Creek Park Reserve.
Whether you attended to ride, walk, volunteer, or spectate the event, we all had one thing in common: Show sympathy, compassion and support to victims of Pancreatic Cancer. Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of any major cancers and very limited treatments for the disease, therefore raising the much-needed funds for ongoing research is crucial in finding a cure.
The Rapid Relief Team showed up bright and early to set up for about 2,000 attendees. Upon arriving at the venue, the eager RRT volunteers had a quick huddle with the event coordinator to set up positions and then got busy setting up in preparation for the day. Some volunteers, at the refreshment tent, some helping direct foot and vehicle traffic, some helped with vehicle parking, some assisting the guests of honour (the cancer survivors) and others helped load buses at remote offsite locations.
Purple Ride Stride raised an incredible $390,000 towards the Cure for Pancreatic Cancer. Thank you to the 2,000 Attendees for their support.
Water bottles were handed out to each of the participants at the beginning and at the end of the race.
The day ended on schedule at 1:30pm and when given the nod from the coordinator RRT began the teardown/clean-up process; snipping zip ties, rolling up banners, taking down banner poles, cleaning up trash on the park grounds, and even had some time to help some of the event sponsors clean up their own tents. It was a great day for the Team and those who attended. It was a privilege to be able to assist at this event and we hope we can continue to show compassion and support to the Purple Ride Stride in the Future.