On Nov. 12, 742 bicyclists ages 5 to 94 in 26 teams including 100 family fun riders participated in the eighth annual Jim Krause Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
The event, sponsored by the Point Loma Rotary Club, began and ended at Liberty Station and included 6-, 25- and 62-mile exclusive routes through scenic San Diego. Proceeds from this all-volunteer event stay in the community to fund pancreatic cancer research at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center and other Point Loma Rotary Club civic projects.
The charity fundraiser was followed by an after-ride healthy lifestyles expo with booths, entertainment, and refreshments. Teams included SDYC, S4EA, Veteran’s Village, Cyclery Bike Shop, and Team Esther for the second year. Riders came from all over: Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties, Big Bear, Tahoe, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Utah, Baja, California, Tijuana, Italy, and Germany.
Several VIPs rode including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer; Shelly Zimmerman, former SDPD chief; Dixon Smith, former Navy regional commander; Dr. Andrew Lowey (MCC researcher); Steve Hegg, former Olympic gold medalist; Andy Hanshaw, executive director SDCBC; Andrew Krause (son of parade namesake Jim Krause); Steve Ford (Jim’s riding buddy); Dan Orr of Coronado Rotary Club and Rotary Cycling2Serve; and Carlo Tannoury, returning Tide Pools King of the Mountain.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, Point Loma Rotary hosted riders from Veteran’s Village and Warrior Foundation.
Opening ceremonies featured Tim Bomba (announcer), Gus Goldau (president Point Loma Rotary Club), Capt. Kenneth Franklin (CO Navy Base Point Loma), Faulconer, Mark Oberman (in memory of his brother David – pancreatic cancer), Dr. Bouvet (MCC researcher), Gale Krause (Jim’s widow), Ester Koetter (pancreatic cancer survivor). The national anthem was performed by Kerri DeRossier and the Amazing Skylarks, colors were presented by Scout Troop 500, and Rich Stakelum did a salute to veterans.
The 250 volunteers, including the Point Loma Association, Peninsula Lions Club, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, Moment Bicycles, TREK, Cycle Quest Rotaract Club, Point Loma Nazarene University, Grossmont College, UCSD Moores Cancer Center, and others made the event unique and shared the Point Loma Community spirit.
One Krause Memorial rider spoke for all in noting: “My name is Jim and my son Christopher and I rode the 62-mile ride your club put on. My wife and Christopher’s mom Kellie passed away from pancreatic cancer on Aug. 10, 2021. He and I were at her side for 10 months following the crushing diagnosis. I want to thank you first of all for an amazing event. I have done many organized rides throughout California and have never seen volunteers at every turn along the course before.”
“We drove almost six hours Friday to make the ride,” continued the unsolicited comment from the appreciative cycling participant. “Check-in at 6 a.m. on the morning of the ride was flawless. The meal after the ride was great and we ended up buying some things from their vendors at the booths.
“This ride gave us a chance to pay tribute to Kellie and to contribute in a small way to the search for a test that can detect this horrible disease before it metastasizes. Thank you again for a wonderful event and please thank all of your members who volunteered their time for this very worthy cause. We will be back.”
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