We’re T-minus 11 days out from the Foster 100 — Team Foster’s signature event. Unless you’ve been off-grid recently (hiding out from Hermine? On a surfing sabbatical in Tahiti? Curled up in the fetal position, bemoaning the end of summer?), you know that we’re talking about our 100-mile cycle from Philly to Cape May, which we undertake every year in honor of our fallen heroes. Afterward, there’s a cool after-party — literally, cool. That September breeze down the shore is reason enough to ride with us…
But, before we get to all that, a little recap:
The first annual Patriot Games, our Olympics-themed event which took place at Philadelphia’s Field House bar on August 11, was a great success. Not just because 75 people ventured out in swamp-like humidity to support our veterans, and not just because we raised nearly $2,000 for the cause, but because we got to watch grown men and women ride adult-sized tricycles around the bar with the same kind of fiery passion usually reserved for drinking at the bar. If all the alcohol was free. And Beyonce was bartending.
“We had to replace the tires because they were going so fast on that track,” said our guy Nick.
We weren’t sure how the night would go down — after all, asking adults to compete in shot put (cornhole), basketball (arcade style), archery (the Nerf kind), and cycling (those tricycles!), isn’t exactly a tried-and-true fundraising tactic. But the night brought out the kid in each of us. (If kids enjoyed free drinks from New Liberty Distillery, that is.) And also, the trash-talking, competitive fools in each of us.
Hat tip to Scott Dilaudio and Joel Rice for tying for highest overall score, and going for gold in a sudden-death archery match. Ultimately, Joel earned the title of winner, the Patriot Cup, and the opportunity to donate $1,000 to a veterans’ organization of his choosing. Represented at the games were more than a dozen kickass groups and their myriad of ways to help veterans: pairing veterans with service dogs, providing veterans access to therapy horses, supporting homeless veterans, and advocating for policies that better the lives of our veterans. Joel opted to split his winnings between two equally worthy groups: Shamrock Reins, and Support Homeless Veterans.
The trash-talk won’t carry over to the Foster 100 – it’s a group ride, not a race, and we don’t leave anyone behind. But the energy level will be the same. As exhausting as a century event can be, it’s equally invigorating. We won’t give up because Captain Erik Foster, and so many heroes like him, never did.
More than 50 participants – a record number – will ride in groups according to ability (the Foster 100 draws both seasoned athletes and newbies), but we’re anticipating everyone will be in Cape May by 4pm. After nine hours on the road, we’ll be ready to unwind on the deck of Exit Zero, the publishing company/restaurant/retail space that’s hosting our after party. Expect chair massages from the generous ladies at Accent on Beauty, live music from The Squares, and all the food/alcohol your heart desires.
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We can’t wait. In the meantime, we’ll be spreading the word on September 10 at Wildwood’s Doggie Dash, a 5k and one-mile fun run for humans and mutts. Remember, every $5 dog entry fee is going to Team Foster, and event organizer Morey’s Piers is matching each one.
So chin up – summer may be ending, but for the Team Foster tribe, September’s looking bright.