26 September, 2010

Furnace Creek 508 - Team Magical Liopleurodon will be on the SPOT

With the last major event of the One Tough Ride project just ahead of us on Saturday, October 2nd, I am happy to announce that we have now raised $9,434.00 that will be matched by the Jeffrey Modell Foundation and directed to the Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic and Research Center at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. As I write this post on the eve of my son's 10th birthday, I am so grateful to all of you who have supported this project.

Team Magical Liopleurodon will depart for Santa Clarita, CA on Thursday for race check-in and vehicle inspection on Friday with race start time for all relay teams at 9AM on Saturday. I am excited to share that friends, family, and fans of the One Tough Ride project will be able to watch the Team Magical Liopleuridon's progress over the course through a live GPS feed (web page will be activated prior to the start of the race) as we compete in what is referred to as "The Toughest 48 Hours in Sport" against a field of more than 200 racers from six countries. Each member of the team will carry the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger in his jersey pocket for their stages of this 509+ mile non-stop race that starts in Santa Clarita, CA and ends in 29 Palms, CA. I want to thank our friends at SPOT for supporting the One Tough Ride project and we look forward to sharing our progress during the race and also our story after the race on SPOT Adventures.

Team Magical Liopleurodon is:
James Batson - Stages 2 and 6
Steve Bursley - Stages 4 and 8
Cheryl Hopkins - Crew
Gil Hopkins - Stages 1 and 5
Jason Pierce - Stages 3 and 7

I'll be tweeting and providing updates (from our departure on Thursday through the race and our return to Northern CA on Monday) to the one.tough.ride Facebook Fan Page and you'll also be able to get updates by using the links on the right side of the onetoughride.blogspot.com site - see links underTeam Magical Liopleurodon | Furnace Creek 508

Thanks again to all of you that have supported this project and if you haven't ,there is still time to make a donation to this worthy cause and of course one that is very personal to me. I will try to issue one more post prior to the race and will also provide a complete race report with photos and video next week.
Enjoy the ride...

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