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September 12, 2018
Current members and alumni of the Harvard men's lacrosse team embarked on a 100-mile bike ride in support of the Bike to the Beach charity organization on September 1. Founded in 2007, Bike to the Beach raises money and awareness for autism through its 50- and 100-mile bike rides across the United States. With events in six cities across the U.S., Bike to the Beach donates all the proceeds to Autism Speaks and local autism charities in order to support research efforts as well as families affected by autism spectrum disorder.
Below is a reflection on the experience from junior Kyle Anderson:
The bike ride was an incredible experience. It started early in the summer with a large effort from Al Lattell, our assistant coach who started this tradition at BU and now brought it to Harvard, and alumni of the program Joe Kearny '18. The two worked hard with Robby, the coordinator of Bike to the Beach, and we were able to get over 20 guys currently on our team registered for the race with a few others who helped out in various ways! The fundraising effort was great and our team of 20 members raised over 14k to go towards research and also programs that enrich the lives of people with autism.
The training for the race wasn't super hard. We all have to work out all summer for lacrosse so everyone had a pretty good cardiovascular base, but our team's overall experience in long-distance biking was slim to none. There were stretches of the ride that got very tough, but everyone did an amazing job of keeping a smile on their face and worked hard to reach the finish line for a great cause.
It definitely was not easy, but at the finish line, everyone understood what the race was all about. We were met at the finish by a band whose members had various levels of disabilities and they rocked! We were all excited to be finished with the ride and we shared feelings of accomplishment for having done the ride for a good cause.
We will be hopping back on the bikes next Labor Day Weekend for another Bike to Newport Beach! This has become a very fun tradition and would love to welcome any other members of the Harvard community who wants to make the trek!