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Any cyclist would tell you how important it is to fuel up with a healthy meal before a long ride. But for 1 in 7 people in the Southern Tier, that meal may be out of reach. Tour de Keuka riders participate to help ensure that no child, neighbor or senior goes hungry. With every $10 donated, the Food Bank is able to provide 30 meals to neighbors in need.
To start fundraising online, click here to set up your personal fundraising page on everydayhero. Set your goal ($150 to participate, $250 to get a TDK jersey, or set your goal even higher!) and share with family, friends and coworkers.
If you're part of a team, you can create a page to highlight your shared efforts and invite people to support each team member's individual page.
In Memory of Jenny Rhoads
Jenny and her husband, Randy, became the chairs of Tour de Keuka in 2003 as a way to share their love of cycling, promote the beauty of the Finger Lakes, and give back to the community. Since becoming co-chairs, Tour de Keuka has raised more than $500,000 for area charities.
The Food Bank became the beneficiary of Tour de Keuka in 2015. Because of Jenny and Randy's hard work, Tour de Keuka has expanded and we've been able to feed many more people with the funds raised by riders. This wouldn't have been possible without Jenny and Randy's leadership.
We are deeply grateful to Jenny and Randy for their dedication to the Food Bank, and we're saddened at the thought of Jenny not being at Tour de Keuka this year. If you were a family member or friend of Jenny's, we hope you'll ride in her honor.
Ken Ryan, who's known as "Kenny" by his cowokers in the Food Bank warehouse, has been cycling for almost 10 years. In all that time, the only thing that kept him away from his bike was mitral valve repair surgery—and he credits his quick post-surgery recovery to cycling. "Cycling has helped me to think healthier, eat healthier, and just take care of myself," explains Kenny.
This will be Kenny's second year participating in Tour de Keuka, but his goal of feeding people hasn't changed. Before working at the Food Bank, Kenny himself had to rely on food pantries, so he understands first-hand how great the need is. "Stopping hunger is the main reason that I like working at the Food Bank and it is the main reason I'm participating in Tour de Keuka: to raise money so that families and children in the community have enough food."
Cycling is a family affair for Stacey Esslinger and her daughter Eliza. Stacy hadn't ridden a bike since high school, but she started cycling in 2015 when her husband, Jason, began biking to work. "He eventually added a bike seat for Eliza to go on rides with him, and pretty soon they wanted me to come along also," says Stacey. "It seemed like a great, healthy family activity."
The Esslingers participated in the Tour de Keuka Family Ride in 2016, and they're proof positive that cycling with children is a great way to spend time together. "Although Eliza makes the ride a bit more work, it's a lot of fun with her on the bike," explains Stacey. "I might be thinking about the road and trying not to hit any bumps, but she is just announcing the view and enjoying everything she sees!"