Sports have the power to unite individuals, whether they are cheering for the same team or in opposition. They foster a sense of camaraderie among strangers, and this is evident in the 3rd annual California Coast Classic Bike Tour. Here, two hundred cyclists will come together to ride 525 miles and raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation. This event showcases how sports can bring people together for a noble cause, despite differences in opinions.
Approximately 60 million individuals in the United States are afflicted with arthritis. Based on past occurrences, it can be estimated that 40% of the participants in the California Coast Classic cycling event either have arthritis or are participating in honor of a family member with the condition.
The Impact of the California Coast Classic on Senior Citizens
The Arthritis Foundation’s most successful fundraiser is the California Gold Coast Classic. This event raises $1 million annually, which is used to directly support millions of individuals in America with autoimmune disease. This year, at least 80 riders have disclosed that they also have arthritis. CEO Steve Taylor of the Arthritis Foundation stated, “We are riding for our loved ones, colleagues, and a cure.” Taylor will be joining the first three days of the event.
I was given an unexpected souvenir from a professional cyclist at a Jumbo-Visma team race, which made a young fan’s day. This experience showed me the power of inspiring the next generation.
The Arthritis Foundation has dedicated over $500 million towards research since 1948. Out of this amount, the California Coast Classic has directly contributed more than $22 million. These funds contribute to programs that enhance the quality of life for patients, increase access to healthcare, and conduct research for improved treatments.
The Gran Fundo has been recognized as the top charity bike tour, while Outside Magazine has included it in their list of the 30 best road biking trips.
The Arthritis Foundation aims to achieve the following objectives:
1. Increase public awareness of arthritis.
The objectives of the Arthritis Foundation include:
1. Enhancing public knowledge of arthritis.
Arthritis is the leading contributor to disability in the United States, impacting even hundreds of thousands of young individuals nationwide. The country spends approximately $305 billion on healthcare expenses and lost wages due to arthritis. The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to transform the challenges faced by those with arthritis into potential for growth. The foundation advocates for groundbreaking treatments and advancements in medical care, while also facilitating connections between individuals. It strives to eliminate barriers in healthcare and unites us in the search for a cure.
The annual California Gold Coast Classic event will be held from September 30 to October 7. Complete details and schedule can be found on the official website for the California Coast Classic. This tour is open to all cyclists, regardless of experience. Participants are welcome to use an e-bike and join the group. Registration for the 2024 California Gold Coast Classic is now available on the website.
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California cyclists are gaining attention in the sports world as they strive to raise $1 million in just 8 days for a noble cause. This news was originally posted on EssentiallySports.