SUCCESS! Our 5th Annual "Finish The Ride" and "Finish The Run" event drew the largest crowd in support of safe streets since its origination in 2014.
Marketed as "Finish The Ride" and "Finish The Run," the event drew 1,249 in attendance, including individuals from 13 different states, as far away as New York.
The event also drew international attention from other countries like China and New Zealand.
This year, we again partnered with Walk N' Rollers, who brought back their Kids' Bicycle Safety Zone to the Autry. Kids were treated to a fun bicycle safety course with a 1 mile ride and a medal awarded at the end. Walk N' Rollers has a mission of empowering school age children and their parents through education and training to safely and responsibly bike, walk, skate and scoot to and from school. To learn more about Walk N' Rollers, visit www.walkmorebikemore.org
Activities included 4 rides ranging from a 9 mile Family Ride/Roll to a grueling and challenging Half Century ride with a close to 4,000 foot elevation gain; runs from a 5K to a Half Marathon on the trails around beautiful Griffith Park. This year was the first year that our 5K and 10K sold out to capacity! The LAPD generously provided escorts on both our 9 mile ride and 20 mile ride.
Our opening ceremony included:
And... in a surprising and inspiring display of forgiveness
- David Lee, who sung an outstanding version of our national anthem.
- Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell
- ED of Walk N' Rollers, Jim Shanman
- ED of Streets Are For Everyone, Damian Kevitt
, Edie Perkins spoke. On April 20th, 2017, Edie was on her morning training ride when she was struck by a driver (Melissa). Edie was paralyzed in the collision, but this has not stopped her from doing what she loves. She is now friends with the woman who hit her, Melissa, and they "Finished The Run" together at the event! They are both also united in our mission for making safer streets and providing aid to those affected by traffic collisions and traumatic injury.
SAFE was instrumental in helping to bring Melissa and Edie together, assisting both of them as part of SAFE Support, a program to help those who suffer from traumatic traffic collisions. Melissa also raised a total of $3,500 dollars to help the cause and brought a group of 144 people out to "Finish The Run" in support of Edie.
The LAPD announced their partnership with SAFE on the program "SAFE Kids," a program focused on educating elementary school kids on pedestrian safety and the dangers to look for out on the roads. More on this program coming soon ...
Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell spoke on how much he supports SAFE and Finish The Ride and its important impact on the city of Los Angeles. "Finish The Ride and what SAFE does HAS made a difference in making streets safer for everyone across Los Angeles ... Damian inspires me every day in my job and life." -- Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell.
The atmosphere was fun and festive with people dancing along the route and cheering on those who were coming across the finish line. A live band and many vendor booths and food trucks greeted them when they returned to the expo. Many commented that they had a great time and would be coming back next year!
THANK YOU to everyone who attended!
We could not do anything without your support. Also, a LARGE thank you to our TOP Sponsors, Adventist Health Glendale and Pocrass and DeLosReyes. Without you and all the other sponsor and vendor support, this event would not be possible. Thanks for helping us save lives through our mission.
Hope to see every one of you back on October 7th in Santa Clarita! Register today at www.FinishTheRide.org/ftr-santa-clarita
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