Giving by Biking 2017 - Pat Parseghian

Support My Ride - Best Buddies Hearst Castle Challenge: September 9, 2017

I challenge YOU
to donate the dollars (any amount!)
I do the miles (100)
YOU get a tax deduction
I get sweaty and sore
TOGETHER, we make life a little better for others.
It doesn't get any easier than this (well, for you, at least).

Victorious Pat at the finish line, San Simeon, California, September 12, 2015 I need your help to beat my fundraising goal. Click here to donate in support of Best Buddies International.

I love this ride, and the cause warms my heart. This year marks my 11th 100-mile journey for Best Buddies, and the first time we can't follow the traditional coastal route.

I first rode for Best Buddies in 2007, and I was hooked. In 2008 I met pro bike racer Ryder Hesjedal and swam in the Neptune Pool for the first time. It was on the 2009 ride that I finally noticed the famous elephant seals on the outskirts of San Simeon. In 2010, I rode through the fog on a really fast bike. In 2011, I was a bit jet-lagged, but I made it to the finish. In 2012 the conditions were perfect! The 10th Anniversary ride in 2013 was my seventh (I missed the first three rides). I made it a double in 2014: after crossing the finish line at Hearst Castle, I traveled to start at the Washington Monument. The skies were overcast but the temperature was just right in 2015. My 10th anniversary year was 2016: my tenth trip down the coast!

To learn more about Best Buddies International, follow this link. And thanks for considering this worthy cause.

Last modified: July 27, 2017