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Challenged Athlete Foundation

For the 2nd year in a row, I had the incredible honor of participating in the CAF (Challenged Athlete Foundation) Bay Area Cycle Challenge.  The event was a 4 hour indoor spin and silent auction, at Shift Cycling Studio in San Francisco, to raise money for Challenged Athletes.  I am proud to say as a group we raised over $67k for this amazing organization!!




If you aren’t familiar with CAF, here’s the mission:


It is the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) to provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life




Who are the challenged athletes? They are athletes with the same drive and determination as you or me to push their bodies to their limits. It's just that those bodies are missing a limb or two or three.  I was so inspired by the stories from some of the challenged athletes at the beginning of the event. Tales of tragedy turned into triumph with a little help from the CAF.  Knowing that these athletes rise above so much adversity to do what I sometimes take for granted makes me grateful for what I have. Being able-bodied could be a fleeting thing. Some of these athletes were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But if they can keep pushing and working towards their physical goals with the extra challenges life has presented, surely I can get my lazy buns out of bed at 4:45AM for a swim or put in that extra hour on the bike!


the actual cycling event was a 4 hour sweat fest. MBK kept us moving and pushing until the end. It was a great way to get in a workout, bond with fellow athletes – able bodied and challenged, and raise a little money for a good cause!  Of course I had a blast spinning next to 2 of my favs - Hailey Manning and Sarah Piampiano!


I’m already looking forward to next year’s event!




I want to send a special thank you to all the people who donated to my personal fundraising page.  I had hoped to raise $900, but with the help of these individuals, I was able to raise $1,558.  I am so grateful for your support!!


Alan Shanken

Bradley Grayson

Caroline Gregory

Heidi, Diego, Andres Roman

Ed Trimmer (dad)

Kris Trimmer (mom)

Dan and Jacque Smith (in-laws)

Eduardo Lach

Emily Chen

Matt & Jenny Ford

Haley Chura

Ian Hursey

Kayla Kielar

Kim Freitas

Lauren Soulis

Mark Watt

Mary Posey

Mike Osmond

Marc Friend and Family



If you wanted to donate, but didn’t’ get a chance, it’s not too late!  To find out more about CAF, or to contribute to the cause, please visit:






Meredith Kessler



This SF Bay Area charity ride honored MBK specifically, for good reason.  She was one of the driving forces behind making the event happen (for the 3rd year in a row).  Despite racing (and WINNING!) Ironman New Zealand just 2 weeks before, Meredith worked tirelessly to make sure the event went off without a hitch – and of course it did! 


She motivated the fundraisers.  She got amazing donations from her sponsors for the auction.  She even stayed up late the night before working on the “seating” chart for the spin – ensuring everyone got to be on the trainer they wanted, or next to their friends.  Oh and did I mention she coached the entire 4 hours?!? 


She always takes the time to make sure everyone around her is 100% taken care of – that’s just the Meredith way.  She is incredibly giving of her time and energy.  It’s a wonder sometimes how she has any left with all the training she’s doing and races she’s winning, but she finds a way.


I was so incredibly inspired by the Challenged athletes we met, but I think everyone at the event was inspired by Meredith’s generosity!  Thank you Meredith for ALL you do for me, for this sport, and for athletes all over the world!






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