Raisin Hope in Philadelphia Ride 2011!

Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm 3 comments

The third annual Raisin Hope in Philly ride is coming up! This year, we are working toward a bigger, better, and more awesome ride, all to help people recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury in support of the Raisin Hope Foundation.

Background information:
On May 31, 2006, Doug Markgraf was involved in a hit-and-run accident while riding his bicycle in West Philadelphia, leaving him unconscious and in critical condition. His bicycle helmet saved his life, leaving him in a comatose state for 2 weeks with shattered bones and a very uncertain future. In rehabilitation and recovery for the better part of a year, his relentlessly positive spirit allowed a return to regular life and society. But, his life was forever changed. He strives to give others who have experienced this life-shattering condition a second chance- through educating the greater public and inspiring others recovering to accept nothing less than their absolute best dreams and goals. By riding with Doug and donating to the Raisin Hope Foundation, you can become part of this life-changing mission.

This year’s ride will begin at the corner of Sedgley Dr and Lemon Hill drive in Fairmount Park, an excellent location for both riding -and parking. Prepare for a fun jaunt through Fairmount Park (as always!) and then an abrupt (and fun) exit into Montgomery and Bucks Counties, allowing inner-city cyclists some fresh air, while giving everyone an opportunity to see excellent Spring scenery. This Event will occur RAIN or SHINE.

Date: Sunday, May 29th, 2011   This is the official date!

Meet-up time: 9:45am
First pedal stroke: 10:00am
Required: Helmet, bicycle, SMILE!
Recommended: $12 donation (Cash or Check) to the Raisin Hope Foundation

Route options:
15 miles (stays within Fairmount Park, 1 rest stop)
35 miles (heads to Fort Washington State Park, 2 rest stops)
50 miles (turn-round location not decided yet, 3 rest stops)
100 miles (For the crazy TBI survivors and racers, 3 rest stops + Wawa extraordinaire)

Sponsors/media/questions can be directed to dougtrails2011 (at) gmail (dot) com. We’re also looking for volunteers! Act now, sign up today!



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Robin Armstrong  |  Monday, March 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Doug – you may want to indicate May 29 2011 as date within your blog announcement. Very exciting!

    • 2. Markgraf  |  Monday, March 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion- I must have chosen not to set that important detail in stone when I wrote this post. The date is Sunday, June 5th, 2011.

  • 3. Candace Gantt  |  Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 6:24 am

    looking forward to ridding with you and Saul on Sunday. I know the start time is 10:00 but where do we meet? and where can I find more info on the course so I can send it out to my TRI buddies


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