Cycle the Seacoast Celebrates Successful Third Year

Cycling event expecting $100,000 to support lung health

Portsmouth, NH (May 7, 2012)

On Sunday, May 6, the American Lung Association celebrated their 3rd annual Cycle the Seacoast event in Portsmouth. More than 330 cyclists rode along one of three routes – 25, 50 or 100 miles. Through the generosity of sponsors, cyclists, and donors, the event is anticipating $100,000 to support lung health; donations for this year’s Trek are being accepted until June 30th.

WillBikeForBubbles 2012

Event participant Scott Whall has many memories of elder family members as smokers; as far back as he can remember. Most of these family members now suffer from, or have suffered from, chronic disease or cancers. While most people understand that smoking is the single leading cause of lung cancer, Scott says that he “now knows illnesses related to the lungs are just a small percentage of the illnesses you can contract from the intake of unhealthy air.”

Scott’s history with smoking is just one reason that he decides to ride in the American Lung Association’s Cycle the Seacoast each year. This year, he brought along the whole family, including his 13 and 15 year old daughters, who call themselves Team WillBikeForBubbles. Their team name has sort of a double meaning. As both of his daughters swim competitively for the Seacoast Swimming Association, they often use the terms “Eat My Bubbles” or “Kick Bubbles.” As for the other meaning, a “bubbly” beverage is something some adults look forward to after a long day or great accomplishment.

In 2012, all six members of WillBikeForBubbles qualified for the Winner’s Circle, which means they all raised more than twice the required minimum of $250; Winner’s Circle members are given the “royal treatment” on event weekend, and receive a one-of-a-kind cycling jersey. Scott attributes their success entirely to email and social media. He provided his followers with updates on training and fundraising successes on a regular basis, and encouraged other teammates to do the same.

Registration for the 2013 Cycle the Seacoast is now open. The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 5 at the Little Harbour School in Portsmouth. Seventy-eight cents on every dollar directly funds lung disease research, advocacy, and education; including COPD/asthma management, smoking cessation programs, and advocacy for stronger clean air standards. For more, visit biketreknewengland.org.

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About the American Lung Association of the Northeast
The American Lung Association of the Northeast is part of the American Lung Association, the oldest voluntary health organization in the U.S. Established in 1904 to combat tuberculosis; our mission today is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The focus is on air quality, asthma, tobacco control, and all lung disease. The American Lung Association in the Northeast serves CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI and VT.