Help Fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease! Join the Central Coast Century Ride & Walk to Defeat ALS on July 9, at Avila Beach, California

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The ALS Association Golden West Chapter announces the annual Central Coast Century Ride and Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, July 9, 2011.

Central Coast Century

Central Coast Century

Visualize yourself cycling through refreshingly cool, pristine breezes along California’s beautiful Central Coast, knowing that your efforts helping in the fight to defeat ALS. This is only a part of what makes this event so special.

In 2005, after the experience of losing his brother to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Glenn Pickett knew he wanted to do "something" to help others impacted by this terrible disease. ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a devastating, fatal neuromuscular illness, with no known cause or cure. The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is around three years from the time of diagnosis. Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes someone loses their life to ALS. It occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. The costs for medical care, equipment and home health care later in the disease are significant, and can be up to $200,000 per year. For more information about ALS, visit The ALS Association Golden West Chapter.

Glenn decided to combine an extraordinary summer bike ride experience, with a sense of personal service, and the Central Coast Century Ride to Defeat ALS (CCC) was born. Along with close friends Andy Smith, Cade Newman and Bob Griswold as well as local church members, this dedicated group of advocates organized a ride committee, staffed the rest stops, ran the SAG service and made all of the food for the riders who participated. Robert Petty joined with Glenn in 2006 — in honor of his sister who had ALS and lived in Northern California.

The Central Coast Century Ride and Walk to Defeat ALS has grown into an annual fundraising event to create awareness and raise funds for people with ALS, held each summer in San Luis Obispo County, on California's Central Coast. "Visualize yourself cycling through refreshingly cool, pristine breezes along California’s beautiful Central Coast, knowing that your efforts helping in the fight to defeat ALS," shares event organizers. "This is only a part of what makes this event so special." In recent years, the Start/Finish location has been in Avila Beach, a quaint and picturesque seaside town on San Luis Bay, about 10 miles south of San Luis Obispo. The event is known not only because of the area's spectacular scenery and excellent riding conditions, but also for the personal attention that the organizers pay to the participants, with delicious home made refreshments, as well as for the reward of supporting our vision to create a world without ALS.

There are three scenic cycling routes to choose from, a traditional 100 mile century, a 100 kilometer (62 mile) metric century, and a 15 mile fun ride. Plus, there's a 3 mile walk along the scenic Bob Jones Trail for those who are not comfortable with riding, but who would still like to participate. To learn more about the Central Coast Century, watch our short video on our YouTube Channel. The ALS Association Golden West Chapter is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. For more information about ALS, visit http://www.alsagoldenwest.org

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