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Utah’s Little Red Riding Hood Ride & Finding a Cure

Please enjoy this guest post by one of our readers – Gaylen Hasson – about the Little Red Riding Hood ride, which takes place in Utah and helps raise money for women’s cancer research. Gaylen was kind enough to share her experience on the ride with us, and we hope that the LRRH ride this year is another great experience for Gaylen and all of the other participants. Thanks for sharing, Gaylen!

Little Red Riding Hood is an all women’s ride that takes place in the beautiful Cache Valley north of Salt Lake City. Women of all ages and abilities can choose from 5 distances, and the feeling surrounding this event is hard to describe. ‘Girls Ride’ with lots of love!! The past several years LRRH has become involved in raising funds for women’s cancer research.

There is a wonderful sense on camaraderie that starts Friday afternoon on the drive from SLC to Logan ‘ cars with bikes and women all heading north to Logan, UT. The anticipation and fun for me begins each year when the jersey design is posted.

It’s fun to see women in their various (and collectable) Little Red jerseys ~ always a shout out ‘ no matter where we ride!! 2009 also brought a new and improved staggered start that worked great, the music always gets you warmed up and the various costumes were a hoot. The support couldn’t be better ~ food is fabulous & the male volunteers really get into the spirit of the event.

This year (2009) I took a few minutes and made sure the prayer flags I made for this year’s ride were visible and thought about the two women I was riding in memory of and a friend that had just completed cancer treatment for ovarian cancer. As much as we rejoice with cancer survivors, I will always look for ways to honor and remember the women I have known who have lost their battle with cancer.

My riding buddy Renee and I had talked about doing the 80 mile distance, but changed our minds and went for the century distance. Truth be known, I think I wanted to see if I could actually ride 100+ miles two years in a row. As we got to about 97 miles, with 10 to go, I knew I was going to make it and it felt so good! I used that last ten miles to remember my aunt and friends. They were and are wonderful women and I was/am fortunate to have them in my life.

Registration for 2010 just opened and last year was full by mid-March ~ please go to www.bbtc.net for info. For those of you reading this post that knew Colleen Whealdon-Haught, I will be riding in her memory this year, as well as in memory of my aunt and Colleen’s great aunt, who also died from breast cancer, Jean Hornig. I invite you to join me in supporting this great event ~ come on up to Utah and ride with 3000 of your new best friends in the effort to find a cure.

Gaylen Hasson

Gaylen’s Bio: Age 56 ~ Started riding on a mountain bike 5 years ago and after one year realized I probably could handle skinny tires and have been loving recreational road biking ever since! I work at The Sharing Place in Salt Lake City, a non profit that provides grief support groups for children that have had someone they love die. Because of what I see and hear from the families that are grieving, events like LRRH are close to my heart.

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3 comments

1 Tara McKee { 03.08.10 at 9:18 pm }

Love your story, Gaylen! There is a story about Alice Telford, the now 86 year old founder of the LRRH Ride on the website (www.cycleandstyle.com) She will be riding as well–even though she had a knee replaced last year –which keeps her max mileage to 70 or less.

2 Melanie { 03.21.10 at 3:53 pm }

Thanks for the comment, Tara. The story about Alice on Cycle and Style is incredible! Thanks for sharing!

3 Nora Eldred { 05.18.11 at 8:28 pm }

I’m looking for 2 spots for the ride this year. Anybody not able to attend? Email or phone call would be great… 801.735.4937

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