"[I] need to ride anyway," says Philip Snyder. "Why not see if I can ride 100 miles around Wash Park?"
100 miles around Wash Park?
"It hit me last night that 'Wow', this is not going to be fun," he says with a laugh.
Phil wasn't alone, he convinced his Runner's Roost teammate Sara Whatmore to ride with him. "It doesn't take a lot to convince me to do some of these crazy things with Phil," says Sara, "so I think he asked me first because he knew I'd probably say yes right away"
Agreeing to a century ride is one thing, but why say yes to riding a loop over and over that's just over 2 miles around? Because it's the 4th annual "100 Miles of Nowhere," a nationwide challenge that began as an indoor event.
Phil explains, "It's gone from being a trainer ride or riding your rollers, to just making it 100 miles.... so the point is you don't really end up anywhere."
Even though it sounds crazy, 100 Miles of Nowhere has a purpose: all entry fees and donations benefit the LiveStrong Foundation which supports cancer survivors and research around the world.
"My dad has actually had two battles with cancer," says Sarah. "So we've donated to some other things with LiveStrong before and this was just a completely unique event, so I jumped on it."
A good cause, good company and a gorgeous day to ride around the park. Of course there were a few pit stops along the way to refuel at Sara's truck.
"I have a nice cooler with Gatorade, water, some sandwiches, PowerBars, fruit, a little bit of everything," she says.
"It's great." says Phil, "Just taking our time, enjoying great conversation, enjoying the weather and the people out. It's good day for it."
"I think we might actually do this next year and get more friends involved. Maybe do 12 hours of Wash park."
It took Phil and Sara 48 laps around Washington Park to reach 100 miles. They actually hit 101 miles and finished with a champagne toast, Tour de France style.
To find out more about 100 Miles of Nowhere, visit www.fatcyclist.com
For more information about the Runner's Roost Run Race Team, visit www.runnersroost.com
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