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BikeReg.com MABRAcross opens Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Looking to Exceed Last Year’s Record $3000 Donation

October has been declared Breast Cancer Awareness month in America.  And, for the fourth straight year, cycling club AVC / Hagerstown Washington County is in the forefront of the cause with promotion of their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Cyclocross in Hagerstown Maryland on Saturday, October 6.  The race, round 3 of the BikeReg.com MABRAcross Series, will benefit Breast Cancer Awareness of the Cumberland Valley (hopeforu.org).  With record attendance at both of the Series’ previous races this year, promoters Joe Jefferson and Tim Lung hope to significantly improve on last year’s $3000 donation to the organization.

According to Jefferson, this battle is personal, “Janet Lung, the wife of my co-promoter, is a Breast Cancer survivor.  The team took on the promotion of this event four years ago, since the illness had hit so close to home.  We believe that everyone in the cycling community “know somebody who knows somebody” that has been touched by this illness.  Originally held at a local high school, the organizers moved the event last year to the vastly more spacious Hagerstown Fairgrounds with the help of its sponsors.  This year, the race is being assisted by The Washington County Convention and Visitor Bureau, Hagerstown Trust and Dona Hobart, M.D. of Robinwood Surgical Associates.

As part of the fast-growing BikeReg.com MABRAcross Series, community involvement with this race is important.  Much effort is spent promoting each race to the local media and MABRA rules require that all races in the series to include a free “Lil’ Belgians” children’s race.  These kid’s races, on a specially made “kid-size” cyclocross tracks complete with miniature plank barriers, form the basis of the organization’s community outreach.  At this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness race, the organizers will reach out to the community in an even more tangible way, according to Jefferson.  Rather than bringing in outside concessionaires, we have invited the local elementary school, Fountaindale Elementary School for the Arts, to sell hot dogs and hamburgers in an effort to raise money for the local PTA also.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Cyclocross takes place on Saturday, October 6.  Additional information and pre-registration is available at BikeReg.com.  Also available at BikeReg.com, for those racers who can’t attend or who want to do a little bit more, is a simple way to make a donation to Breast Cancer Awareness of the Cumberland Valley.  Now every cyclist can participate in the Breast Cancer Awareness Cyclocross -- even if they are on a different continent.

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