Middle Age, Major Change
Ron Ten Berge hasn’t always been fit, but on May 19 he’ll pedal 106 miles from Portland to Pacific City on Reach the Beach, a fundraising bicycle ride that supports the American Lung Association in Oregon. Ron, the Senior Vice President of Yakima Racks, a Beaverton-based company, has multiple family members with asthma and is committed to supporting the cause through his fundraising efforts.
Ron says when he reached middle age four years ago he knew he needed to do something to get his body in shape. He is now very active and commutes 13 miles from his home in Lake Oswego to Yakima’s headquarters in Beaverton. Though Ron’s job keeps him traveling extensively, he carves out the time to workout 3-5 days a week through backpacking, spinning or cycling. He also participates in lunchtime workouts with his coworkers at Yakima, a company that manufactures carrying racks for cars.
This year marks Ron’s second time participating in Reach the Beach, a ride he describes as extremely friendly, very well supported and a great first 100 mile ride to do. Participating in Reach the Beach has been an important part of Ron’s fitness goals.
“Planning for a big ride like this keeps me healthy and I like participating in events that I know will make a difference in the community,” he explains.
Ron’s efforts have certainly paid off; he is in the lead to be the top fundraiser for Reach the Beach this year. Ron says he starts fundraising in December and has good support because he reciprocates when friends ask him to support causes for which they are collecting donations.
In his spare time, Ron also enjoys other opportunities to stay active. As a Scout Leader, he trained for and led a group of Boy Scouts on a 100 mile backpacking expedition.
ABOUT REACH THE BEACH
Reach the Beach is a supported bicycle ride and a fundraiser for the American Lung Association in Oregon. The ride is limited to 3,000 participants. Advance registration is recommended.
Rest stops are every 15 miles. Participation includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks along the way. Support vehicles and volunteers are stationed throughout the course and are available to offer assistance.
The course winds across a patchwork quilt of Oregon countryside, through farmland, wine country and with relatively flat pass through the Coast Range.
Event Title: 22nd Annual Reach the Beach
Date: May 19
Time: Varies by location
Price: Entry fee (varies by registration date) plus a minimum $125 fundraising goal
Start Locations: Portland, Newberg, Amity or Grand Ronde
Finish Line: Pelican Pub in Pacific City