American Lung Association Recruiting Volunteers for Cape Cod Bike Trek

Mr. Peter Markey, of Haverhill, urges others to come out and support the Lung Association

The American Lung Association is preparing for their 29th annual Autumn Escape Bike Trek presented by Sunovion, which takes off from Plymouth on September 27. Three hundred cyclists are expected to make the 160-mile trek ending in Provincetown on Sunday, September 29. Volunteers are needed for several different positions throughout the weekend.

Mr. Peter MarkeyOne of the key volunteers at this year’s Trek will be Mr. Peter Markey, of Haverhill, who will spend the weekend with the Lung Association on Cape Cod for the 23rd year in a row. Markey began participating in the Trek as a cyclist back in 1991.  When a cycling injury prevented him from riding in 2001, he signed on as a volunteer and has been volunteering at the event ever since.

 “I first became involved in the Trek because I love cycling and I especially love cycling on the Cape where we have always spent our summers,” says Mr. Markey.  “As an avid cyclist, I would participate in as many cycling events on the Cape as I could and I’ve always particularly enjoyed the Autumn Escape Bike Trek. I’ve had friends who have suffered from lung cancer and it’s important to me to support the organization. Volunteering enables me to be a part of an event I thoroughly enjoy and support an organization whose mission I deeply care about.”

Since 2001, Mr. Markey has been the lead volunteer on rest stop one for all three days. In this role, he organizes the volunteers assigned to the rest stop and helps make sure the cyclists have what they need when they arrive. Cyclists are provided with snacks and water at each rest stop and bike technicians are on hand to help troubleshoot any issues that might arise. Mr. Markey makes sure the rest stop runs smoothly and trains the volunteers to direct cyclists to what they need.  The volunteers also direct visitors, including Lung Association staff, who come to the rest stop to greet the cyclists.

“I look forward to the event every year,” says Mr. Markey.  “You develop friendships and look forward to seeing the people who come back year after year to be part of the event.  For me, the Trek has become something I do every year.”

Volunteering is a great way to experience the event and help support the Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Volunteer assignments can be for the entire three days, Friday to Sunday, or just a few hours. Those interested in volunteering should contact Judy Deane at jdeane@LungNE.org.

During trek weekend, the American Lung Association provides participants and volunteers overnight accommodations in cabins at two summer camps, Camp Burgess in Sandwich on Friday and at Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster on Saturday. Breakfast and dinners are provided free of charge to all registered trekkers and volunteers.

In the past 20 years, AEBT participants have raised over $2 million dollars in the fight against lung disease. This year the American Lung Association set a goal of raising $300,000 in an effort to provide educational programs, fund lifesaving research and advocate for healthy air and healthy lungs.

For more information about AEBT, call (781) 314-9001 or email aebt@LungNE.org. To register as a trekker, a volunteer, or to make a donation that could save lives visit Biketreknewengland.org.