Lung Association’s Trek Across Maine is personal for Kutztown resident Dale Imschweiler

For 4th year, Imschweiler will spend Father’s Day weekend cycling across Maine

(May 17, 2013)

On Father’s Day weekend, the American Lung Association of the Northeast will celebrate the 29th annual Trek Across Maine, with more than 2,000 cyclists starting from Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry on Friday, June 14 and finishing up at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast on Sunday, June 16. The event is the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit organization nationwide, raising $1.8 million in 2012, with a goal of raising $2 million in 2013.

Dale ImschweilerTrekker Dale Imschweiler of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, will be among the many cyclists who will be traveling to Maine from all across the country to take part in the 180-mile journey that supports the Lung Association’s research, education and advocacy.  He’ll be riding for the 4th year alongside his wife, Anne, and his brother-in-law Bill Regan.

Dale has always felt connected to the Lung Association’s mission.  Both his grandfather and his uncle worked in Pennsylvania mines and developed pneumoconiosis (also known as Black Lung Disease) an occupational lung disease caused by inhaling coal dust. He also has many friends who suffer from asthma. Dale’s brother-in-law Bill of Belfast, Maine, is the one who first told him about the Trek and encouraged him to become involved.


In 2008, just a short time after visiting his brother-in-law in Belfast, Dale and his wife received word that Bill suffered a massive heart attack while riding his bike.  During their visit, Bill, an avid cyclist, had been talking nonstop about how he was looking forward to biking in the Trek Across Maine.  After Bill had the heart attack, Dale promised him that if he pulled through and recovered, he’d bike alongside him at the Trek in June 2009.  Bill, Dale, and Dale’s wife Anne, have been riding together ever since.

 “Participating in the Trek is just a great experience,” says Dale.  “I love the camaraderie and the fact that every dollar I raise is contributing to a cause I care deeply about.  Continued research into asthma and all lung diseases is critically important and the money raised at the Trek enables that research to continue.”

Dale says that even though it rained every day the first year he participated in the Trek, there was no doubt that he would come back.  He says he and his wife now plan their annual vacation to Maine in June instead of August so they can be at the Trek.  In fact the Trek is so important to Dale that, this year, he had the image of the Trek Across Maine’s logo tattooed on his calf.  When asked what motivated him to get the tattoo, Dale says he did so because the Trek is something that is just that important to him.  “The Trek is really a part of me and it’s something I want to always be with me until I am no longer here.”  Dale is planning to have a ribbon with all the years he has ridden tattooed right beneath the logo.

More than 34 million Americans are living with lung disease, the third leading cause of death in the United States. The American Lung Association is not only committed to their mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, but  to reducing the burden of lung disease on all who are affected. “Every dollar raised at the Trek Across Maine helps us prevent lung disease and support people who are living with lung disease,” said American Lung Association of the Northeast President & CEO Jeff Seyler.  “Our vision is a world free of lung disease and the funds we raise bring us closer to realizing that vision.” 

Imschweiler has already raised more than $1,000 this year to support the Lung Association’s mission.  Reaching this milestone earned him a spot in the “Winner’s Circle” which enables top fundraisers to certain perks on Trek weekend including early check-in and a special reception the night before the Trek.

To register for the 29th annual Trek Across Maine or to support Dale Imschweiler with a donation that could help save lives, visit Biketreknewengland.org.