South Seattle Community College in West Seattle was the starting point for the "Ride Around the Sound" for the Washington State branch of the American Lung Association. Pictured left, Debora Wattenburg, of Sisters, Oregon. Right is Janie Mathis of Laurelhurst. They prepare for their 100-mile day.
Over 200 cyclists "Ride Around the Sound" beginning in West Seattle for American Lung Assoc.
Over 200 cyclists took part in the inaugural “Ride Around the Sound” bike ride Saturday, Sept. 15. A benefit for the American Lung Association in Washington, the ride featured five distance options around Puget Sound, ranging from 100 miles, staring at South Seattle Community College, to a family-friendly ride of under 15 miles in West Seattle around Alki. Marvista Elementary in Des Moines served as the 75-mile starting location. .
The event offered full support including breakfast at all starts, lunch on the course, five rest stops, detailed ride guides, and more. A delicious feast, beer and music awaited riders at the finish line party at South Seattle Community College.
The organization helps keep kids from picking up that first cigarette, helps families dealing with lung cancer & asthma, and advocates for clean air. This is ride's the 30th year, but the first with this route. It was in the San Juan Islands in the past.
“We are thrilled to offer this amazing route with spectacular views of the Sound,” said Renée Klein, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. “What better way to celebrate clean air and healthy lungs than with a fun event in the beautiful outdoors?”
“Ride Around the Sound” is proudly supported by local sponsors, including Highline Medical Center, Burien Toyota and Bicycles West.