Submitted by American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is excited to announce the inaugural “Reach the Beach” Washington ride on September 30, 2017. The course will take riders from four different starting points to the finish line in Westport’s scenic oceanfront for a day of fun and celebration to benefit the American Lung Association. Cyclists will choose from rides beginning in Lacey (100 miles), Olympia (80 miles), Elma (44 miles) or Cosmopolis (25 miles). Because of the distance options, Reach The Beach is ideal for serious cyclists, recreational cyclists and families. Many cyclists will be riding in honor or memory of those whose lives have been touched by lung disease, COPD and asthma.

American Lung Association Reach The Beach WA map
Over 800 cyclists are expected to ride on the routes to raise money and awareness for lung disease. Photo courtesy: American Lung Association

Reach The Beach Washington is modeled off Oregon’s highly successful version of Reach the Beach. For the past 27 years, participants have cycled across Oregon’s countryside to its coast. “We’re very excited for the Washington event,” says Allison Hickey, Senior Vice President of the American Lung Association. “The ride in Oregon is known as the best supported ride in the Northwest, and we can’t wait to bring this same event to Washington.”

Participants can choose 4 different ride lengths to suit their own abilities.

To support riders, mechanics will be available at starting points and designated rest stops. The event also provides SAG vehicles, medical support, snacks, water, two full lunch stops and dinner at the finish line’s celebration. “There are many wonderful
elements that make Reach the Beach so well known,” says Season Oltmann, Executive Director for the American Lung Association in Washington. “We have the beautiful route, the multiple distance options and the party at the finish line, but we are best known for the high level of support we provide the riders.”

The registration fee is $45. Riders must also fundraise or donate an additional $125 to ride. This year, riders who raise $150 will receive a long-sleeved Reach the Beach shirt. Those who raise $300 will get an official Reach the Beach cycling jersey, and those that raise $550 will receive an official Reach the Beach cycling jacket. Participants who raise $3,000 or more will receive a free 2018 Reach The Beach Oregon pass and hotel room. For more information on the event, visit the Reach The Beach website.

About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is a non-profit, voluntary public health organization that leads the country in improving health and preventing lung disease through research,
education and advocacy. Our organization’s five strategic imperatives are to defeat lung cancer; improve the air we breathe; reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases; and accelerate fundraising and enhance organizational effectiveness to support the urgency of our mission. For more information or to donate call 206-512-3293 or visit the American Lung Association website.

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