Bicyclists leave Seattle for Big Ride Across America

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A cross-country charity bike ride for the American Lung Association rolled out of Seattle on Monday for a 7-week journey.

Cyclist on cross-country charity bike ride stop at Marymoor Park

Cyclists on cross-country charity bike ride stop at Marymoor Park

I just happened to run into the Big Ride Across America at one of the day’s rest stops at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

If all went as planned, they’re left Lake Easton State Park on Tuesday morning  after spending the night on the other side of Snoqualmie Pass.

It’s a small group. One of the participants said 14 cyclists are going to ride the entire 3,300 miles to Washington DC. The event could have handled a maximum of 40 riders.

Even so, the cyclists have raised $89,200 so far for the programs of the American Lung Association.

If you’d like to show your support for the Lung Association or honor someone who died of lung disease, you can still donate to the cause.

The stories of some of the bicyclists are posted on the Facebook page and on the Big Ride Across America website. You can make your donation in recognition of an individual bicyclist’s efforts.

Trek Across Maine fatality

Meanwhile, participants of an American Lung Association charity bike ride in Maine are mourning the death of a ride in the Trek Across Maine last Friday.

Police say that David LeClair, 23, of Watertown, Mass., was struck and killed by a truck on Friday morning  in the town of Hanover.

Witnesses told police that LeClair was sipping from his water bottle when a truck passed, he lost control of his bike, and fell under the wheels.

Police say the passing truck caused a draft, according to the Bangor Daily News. The vehicle passed with 3 1/2 to 4 feet and was pulled over by police about six miles away. The driver said he had passed a lot of bicyclists that morning and didn’t know that one had collided with his big rig.

Police are continuing their investigation.

LeClair belonged to a contingent of about 120 athenahealth coworkers  who were participating in the fund-raiser.

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