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The Why I LOWVELO Board

lowvelo participants write a message in chalk on the memory wall

This year, the virtual sharing board takes the place of the Why I Ride wall, which was a popular part of the inaugural LOWVELO.

Shannon Rice feels LOWVELO is more than a fundraising event. It’s a way to connect with others in a fun way for the common goal of fighting cancer, a disease that affects way too many people.

 “That’s why I’m so thrilled to announce our new sharing board called Why I LOWVELO(opens in a new tab),” Rice said of the board that just launched where she honors her father. “My Dad is why LOWVELO is my passion. In November 2009, he lost his battle with esophageal cancer. I ride with the hope that someday other families won’t have to endure the heartache mine did when we lost him. He’s always in my heart and on my mind, especially when I ride.”

Rice, who recruits participants for the event, said there are many wonderful opportunities that come with this year’s LOWVELO going virtual, but one challenge is the lack of in-person interaction. Posting and commenting in the two LOWVELO Strava groups is an excellent way to feel connected with the LOWVELO community, but the group wanted to add another feature. 

 “Last year, we set up the ‘Why I Ride’ wall during LOWVELO for you to share your inspiration for participating. Since we can’t be all together this year, this board is our fun virtual replacement,” she said.

You can visit the board to share:

  • The name of a survivor or lost loved one you’re honoring.
  • Your personal activity goals.
  • Your favorite places to ride, walk or run.
  • A shout-out to someone who has encouraged you through the LOWVELO experience.
  • Congratulations for others’ LOWVELO accomplishments.
  • Any of your personal LOWVELO successes.

“This is our special place to make LOWVELO come alive! Cancer affects so many lives in such personal ways, and it’s fun for me to see how our participants get so creative in logging miles and raising money. We hope everyone will visit the board to share and get inspiration. It unites us as a community.”

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