Augusta Man Grateful to Be Cycling in his 8th Trek Across Maine

(June 10, 2014)

On Father’s Day weekend, the American Lung Association of the Northeast will celebrate the 30th annual Trek Across Maine. More than 2,000 cyclists will be departing from Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry and finishing at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast. The event is the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit organization nationwide and hopes to raise $2 million in 2014.

 

Jim Metivier photoJim Metivier of Augusta will be riding in his eighth Trek Across Maine this year.  Having been diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in September 2012, Metivier feels especially grateful to have beaten cancer and to be able to participate in an event that has meant so much to him over the years.  Metivier says to   "never underestimate the power of faith, positive thinking, and support from friends and family."  He stresses that it was those three things, along with his chemotherapy and radiation treatments, that helped him get through his battle with cancer.  After undergoing treatment for the Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Metivier hasn’t missed a Trek since his diagnosis and is looking forward to being a part of the Trek’s 30th Anniversary ride.

“I’m proud to be part of the Trek Across Maine for so many reasons,” says Metivier.  “The event raises money to support cleaner, healthier air for all of us and it helps support people suffering from lung disease so they can breathe better.  Personally, it’s an opportunity to for me to enjoy a wonderful three days doing nothing but riding my bike with good company.  Finally, it’s an activity that’s good for my health and keeps me physically fit. It’s a win/win in every way.”

Metivier said he first became involved in the Trek eight years ago when he was just getting back into cycling and a coworker mentioned the Trek Across Maine.  Once Metivier heard about the Trek he said ‘let’s do it,’ and he and his coworkers put together a team.   Metivier has been hooked on the Trek Across Maine ever since.  This year he’ll be riding with the Kennebec Valley Swamp Donkeys Team.

“It’s people like Jim Metivier who are so committed to being a part of the Trek Across Maine and supporting our fight against lung disease that this event is the success that it is,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “When I see the incredible support at the Trek Across Maine, it gives me hope that we will one day achieve our vision of a world free of lung disease.”
           

On Friday, June 13, more than 2,000 will leave from Sunday River Ski Resort and make the 180-mile Trek to Belfast. Cyclists come from all over the country to be a part of the weekend. All proceeds benefit the American Lung Association and help fund valuable research, education and advocacy.

 

To learn more about the Trek across Maine, to register, or to make a tax-deductible donation that helps save lives, please visit Trekmaine30.org.   To support Jim Metivier, visit http://go.lungne.org/metivier2014 . You may also visit the website to learn more about the American Lung Association of the Northeast’s other bike treks in Cape Cod and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.