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The Long Reach Long Riders Complete 2020 LRLR Kazoo Relay Ride

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • July 20, 2020

The LRLR Kazoo at the beginning of the ride at Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Pescadero, CA. Photo by Eddie Raymond

The 2020 LRLR Kazoo Relay Ride was the LRLR response to the coronavirus crisis that has gripped the U.S. and the world. “We knew we couldn’t hold a traditional LRLR ride due to the virus”, noted ride organizer Greg Williams, “but we also didn’t want to abandon the charities at a time when they really needed support.  We came up with the Relay Ride to give riders an opportunity to participate in the ride and the public to support it.”

The Kazoo Relay Ride was dubbed the Just Breathe ride, in honor of Cris Dopher, one of the LRLR founding members who passed away in September after a long battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Bill Sapsis recalled that “Cris’s courage, humor, and bike parking skills are legendary among the LRLR and the Relay Ride was the perfect way to acknowledge the impact Cris had on our lives”.

The 2020 LRLR Kazoo Relay ride finished at the Portland Head Lighthouse in Portland, ME. Photo by Bill Ellis

The ride, which raised over $45,000.00 for Behind the Scenes and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, consisted of small groups riding for a day or two with an oversized kazoo ‘baton’ and then passing the baton to the next group of riders. It began at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Pescadero, CA. and finished at the Portland Head Lighthouse in Portland, ME.

Ride facts:

  • Number of days to complete the Relay Ride            14
  • Number of riders, passengers & chase car crew      38
  • Number of relay legs                                                     8
  • Total mileage                                                                 4,838 miles
  • Longest relay leg                                                           1,060 miles
  • Shortest relay leg                                                           141 miles

The Long Reach Long Riders would like to thank everyone involved with helping make this very special ride such an amazing success; our organizers, riders, chase car crew, and especially our 200+ sponsors.

Please visit http://lrlr.org/ for further information on the ride and to make a donation.

 

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