June 20-22, 2014
COOL, CA (Yes, the Cool race is back in COOL, CA!)
BOTH 8 and 24 Hour MTB Races!
501(c) Non-profit Event
LIMITED TO 1000 RACERS
RESULTS ARE POSTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RESULTS PAGE
Click link for 2013 results video style: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JrtljROaMo&feature=youtu.be
The “Coolest 24 Hour Race Against Cancer” is promoted by Global Biorhythm Events, an organization committed to minimizing our impact on the environment. Please help by doing your part: carpool if possible, bring reusable items, and please recycle! Each of us can do our part to make a difference. Check out the video.
It’s hard to believe but this is the 9th year for the Coolest 24 Race Against Cancer. This race is the nation’s largest 24hr MTB endurance cancer fundraising event. Over the last 8 years the Coolest 24 Race Against Cancer has raised more than $242,000 towards the fight against cancer. This one of kind 24 hour MTB endurance event attracts some of the top pro endurance riders who come and raise money alongside corporate teams, beginner and sport riders. Every racer, whether solo or team, has the opportunity to raise money with pledges and donations based on how many laps riders can do. This mountain bike endurance event is like no other 24 hour event and hosts some 2,000 participants, volunteers and spectators throughout the three day event. This is old school MTB riding, the Olmsted loop offers up a challenging course with 12.2 miles per lap and 1500 ft of climbing. Fast smooth single track, fire roads and a creek crossing that are friendly to full suspension, SS and hard tails. Nightfall brings some fun changes on the course. Sometime late after midnight the famous Sasquatch comes out trying to catch that rider that may be thinking of catching some zzz’s while riding their bike. The famous Cool aid station is half way on the course with music, lights and costumes to keep you going throughout the night. Don’t forget the “Memory Mile” pictures of loved ones from the past and present are placed along the portion of the course to honor them for their courage in their fight against cancer.
2014 Brice Clark Courage Award-Mikaela
Purple Castles and Unicorns
After 39 hours of labor Mikaela came into the world the most precious and beautiful child imaginable. I watched her grow over the years into an amazing young women full of life, energy and love. She excelled in school and graduated from UC Berkeley with dreams and hopes to make a difference in the world. She married her high school sweetheart, Keith Knapp, and move to NYC to start a career.
It was in New York in December of 2012 where Mikaela first noticed a painful lump on here side and sought medical attention only to be told it was probably just an infection and was given antibiotics and pain meds. The lump persisted and after several trips to the doctor there was no change in the diagnosis or treatment.
Mikaela decided to make a career change and moved back to California in June of 2013. The lump on her side grew to the size of a walnut and was a persistent source of pain and discomfort for her. Se sought medical attention several more times but the diagnosis and treatment were always the same, pain meds and antibiotics. At this time she was also starting to experience excruciating lower back pains and thought they were unrelated to the lump on her side. During this time Mikaela was on my support team during the Coolest 24 Hour Race Against Cancer and was there for the entire 24 hours even though she did not feel well. Little did we know what was ailing her.
The lump continued to grow and the pain in her back became worse and finally on October 9th 2013 she was rushed to Mercy Hospital in Folsom for excruciating pain and difficulty breathing. It was at that time the doctors realized there was something not right and did a full workup on her an a CT Scan. What they found was devastating to Mikaela and her family and friends. She had advanced cancer.
At first they thought it was Lymphoma. We were encouraged that Lymphoma was one of the most treatable and curable cancers and were encouraged at the initial diagnosis. As the test results kept coming in, the diagnosis change to stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma, commonly called kidney cancer. After further pathologies were done, it was found to be a very rare form of Translocated Renal Cell Carcinoma. Mikaela has only 1 of 120 known cases. From the first diagnosis Mikaela vowed to fight with all her might to remove this “squatter” from her body.
The battle has been going on now for only four months since diagnosis and it has been very difficult. Mikaela has been in the hospital several times over the past few months in what has been absolutely brutal for her with more metastasis forming, more radiation treatments, hair loss, pneumonia, and extreme difficulties managing the pain. Pain management has been the most difficult thing to overcome for her. The pain was so bad for at times that she was given Dilaudid in hopes of some relief as nothing else worked. I remember the first time she woke up hospital and was pain free and said she had dreams of “purple castles and unicorns”. She was so precious and innocent.
Through it all she has been fighting hard and remained positive and hopeful. During her latest stay of 19 days in the hospital she fought very hard through brutal pain and nausea so she could be released to go home for her 25th birthday.
It was such a blessing to have her home and celebrate her birthday with her friends and family. Mikaela has been an inspiration to people literally all over the world who are praying for her, supporting her, and encouraging her. She has touched many lives.
Mikaela is receiving arguably the best care in the world for Renal Cell Carcinoma from the great doctors at UCSF and we are hopeful. We are praying daily for a miracle as are many, many other folks that have come along side of Mikaela with compassion and love.
We are very blessed to be surrounded by such awesome people. The outpouring of support and compassion for Mikaela during that past few months has been overwhelming for my entire family. We have been brought to tears many times because of the support of our friends, family and total strangers. We have so many blessings to count in spite of the ephemeral trials we face.
Mikaela is a fighter. I am very proud of her and so very blessed to have the privilege of being her father. She is my inspiration and an inspiration to all who know her.
Registration race day is $15.00 extra, we will have registration available Saturday, June 21th, 2014 from 8:00-10:30 AM.
While entry’s are non-refundable and non-transferable to other events, we do allow transfers to other riders. To modify or transfer your entry please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fee increase dates: March 1, 2014-June 1, 2014-Online registration closes June 19th, 2014, or 1000 racers, which ever comes first.
Transfers made less than 14 days prior to the event will be charged a $15.00 late transfer fee.
This years Coolest 24 is the California State High School 24 Hour MTB championships. (All high school teams can not use their high school team names, please pick your own team name) Special awards for winners of the high school champions. All high school racers must still be in high school or under the age of 18.
There will be two races running simultaneously: An 8 hour, and a 24 hour.
8 hour race categories:
- Solo M & F
- Solo M & F 45+ Masters
- Two Person M & F Teams
- Single Speed
24 hour race categories:
- Solo M & F Open
- Solo M & F 45+ Masters
- Solo Single Speed M & F
- 4 Person Teams
- 5 Person Co-ed Teams
- 7-12 Person Corporate Teams
(Friday, June 20, 2014 from 6:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 8:00am-10:30am at race site.) Racers may begin setting their tents up on Friday, June 20, 2014, starting at 12:00 PM, NO SOONER. NO EXCEPTIONS! (And this means you Ron and Tracy)
If you’re checking in for someone else on your team, you will need to bring their SIGNED waiver to check-in. Click here for waiver form, print, fill out and bring to registration: globalbio-waiver-pdf NO LATE CHECK-IN’s!
Racer meeting Saturday, 11:00 AM sharp. Team captains and all solo racers must attend. Race starts at 12:00 PM SHARP!
Light Rental and Support
Click HERE for JET LITES rental information
Race pictures will be available at www.spinningimagephotography.com
Race Course Cut and paste link for course on Strava:
Friday June 20, 2014 starting at 12:00 PM racers can starting coming in and sit up there pit area.
There will be a designated areas just for the fundraising teams. 8 hour racers that need to leave will parked in a designated area so you can leave while the event is on. PLEASE THERE WILL BE NO SAVING PIT SPOTS FOR OTHER TEAMS OR OTHER VEHICLES ALLOWED. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. (Except Ron and Tracy can save a space Andy O)
As always parking is always a problem at all events of this size, so PLEASE LISTEN TO THE VOLUNTEERS. Anyone that does not follow the parking and pit rules will be asked to leave.
There is only room for 40 trailers, tent trailers, RV’s and truck campers. $35.00 each, over and above the $10.00 ASRA parking fee. CASH ONLY. Trucks pulling trailers must un-hook and park trucks away from pit area. This means tent trailers also. First come, first serve for trailer spots. WARNING!!! THE TRAILER SPACES FILL UP FAST!!! With special circumstances, if you need an RV space reserved, YOU MUST EMAIL JIM FIRST.
The Coolest 8/24 is a 501(c) non-profit event. Please help the fight against cancer by gathering pledges for your ride. All donation checks should be made out to Coolest 24 Race Against Cancer. All dontations will benefit Sutter Auburn Faith Foundation. http://www.sutterauburnfaith.org/philanthropy/
The Oncology Nurse Navigator is responsible for implementing the cancer navigation program at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital (SAFH) with an emphasis on breast cancer. The Navigator will work closely with referring physicians and radiologists to provide early detection and treatment for the patients, determines the needs of the cancer patient and facilitates access to appropriate in-house and community resources in a timely manner, helps patients understand the disease process, treatment options and through consultation planning, assist the patient in optimizing their visits with their physicians. Collaborates in the development and coordination of support functions related to cancer including but not limited to: multi-disciplinary Tumor Board, Breast Clinic, volunteer peer-to-peer support, support groups & counseling and patient education. Serves as a professional resource in the areas of breast health and breast care as well as other cancers as identified.
Dontation Form: donation-form2
Donation Q & A
Q: HOW CAN I FUNDRAISE?
A: Fundraising at the Coolest 24 is done in many ways. There are donation forms on the web site you can download with the tax ID number on the form. This form can be used for anyone that donates money to The Coolest 24 Race Against Cancer. One rider can get donations per lap or teams can get donations per team, per lap. Some solo riders get up to $100.00 a lap. Each team can set a goal on how much they would like to raise. We have had solo riders raise up to $3,000 each year.
Q: HOW CAN I MAKE A DONATION ON RACE DAY
A: Donations can be giving at any time before, during or even after the event. Just ask any one of the volunteers that will be handling your registration check in on race day.
Q: HOW MUCH OF THE MONEY GOES TO THE CANCER FUND AND WHO BENEFITS?
A: 100% of all donations goes to the cancer fund of our choice. Each year we pick a cancer fund to donate to. This year the donations will go to The Sutter Foundation.
All category winners will receive custom awards and prizes. There must be a minimum of 5 people in a catagory to qualify for awards.
Event Location and Logistics
The 24 Hour Race Against Cancer is held at COOL, CA just north of the Sacramento area.
Start location will be directly behind the fire station in Cool, CA.
FIRES AND BBQ’s
Raised fire pits are only allowed in the gravel trailer/RV pit area, and no fires on the ground. Only gas BBQ’s allowed in the rest of the pit areas. State Park Rangers will be patrolling the area and issuing tickets to violators.
Please NO GLASS BOTTLES. This year there will be a “pack in, pack out” policy for all trash.
We have a racers viewing tent where racers can see their results after the second lap.
Shipping your bike:
Racers can ship their bikes to Auburn Bike Works, have them put together, and have them shipped back home at affordable rates: Please contact Mike or Lisa at Auburn Bike Works at 530-885-3861.
Last year racers collected over $16,000 in pledges towards our cancer relief efforts. With so many participants this year we can easily quadruple that amount! If each racer were to collect pledges from friends of a mere $100 towards our efforts we would raise tens of thousands of dollars that would go a long ways towards the effort we put forth each year to provide for a wonderful cause.
I can’t tell you how important it is that we spend money at local establishments while invading these towns we have races in. We need the merchants support every year so we can keep coming back. PLEASE SPEND MONEY IN COOL WHILE YOU ARE HERE!
If you have pictures of loved ones who have passed from cancer, and would like to share their memory with riders at the Coolest 24 Hour Race Against Cancer, please bring them to the event and we will place them on the trail for all to see. Even better - send them to us at:
Coolest 24 Hour “Memory Lane”
PO Box 3163
Auburn, CA 95604.
Pictures should be at least 6×10″
I hope this moves you like it did me! Jeff Servaites put together this time laps during the evening. You’re gonna love this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gchm1dKPK8M
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