Orange County Cyclists Riding in Grueling Marathon Bike Race to Fight California Elder Abuse

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Two cyclists from Aliso Viejo, California will be putting the pedal to the metal this summer in the Leadville Trail 100 MTB marathon mountain bike race to raise money for elder abuse prevention in California.

California Elder Abuse Prevention

Kathleen Gouldy Training

I’m sure I will need the extra encouragement of knowing that my efforts can help others throughout my training and the actual race.

The Leadville Trail 100 MTB isn’t just any race, and Thomas Wallin and Kathleen Gouldy aren’t expert mountain bike riders. Yet, the two Orange County cyclists are training to conquer the grueling 100-mile race and extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies with one goal in mind—raising money for elder abuse prevention in California.

Wallin and Gouldy are each working to raise $10,000 for the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, Program in Geriatrics. They have set up websites to chronicle their epic journey, share information about elder abuse, and raise money for their cause.

Can Tom Do It? follows the Leadville Trail 100 MTB journey of Thomas Wallin, an experienced mountain biker and California criminal defense attorney. For Wallin, the race experience and the cause are both extremely important. He was forced to personally confront the risk of elder abuse when his father recently entered a nursing home facility.

Wallin states, “Realizing that I have been given an amazing opportunity to participate in the Leadville 100 MTB, I decided that it was an equally amazing opportunity for me to help raise awareness and money for a very important issue. Nursing home abuse is a huge problem in this country, and has recently become a personal issue for me.”

Can Kat Do It? details the Leadville Trail 100 MTB journey of Kathleen Gouldy, a novice mountain biker who, prior to starting her training, had logged fewer than ten trail rides in her life. Gouldy even admits that she is not a natural thrill seeker. “I’m sure I will need the extra encouragement of knowing that my efforts can help others throughout my training and the actual race,” she acknowledges.

Gouldy’s personal experience with elder abuse has motivated her to challenge herself “beyond her wildest imagination,” as she describes it. As a nurse practitioner, she regularly witnesses tragic cases of California elder abuse and neglect firsthand.

As the race approaches, Wallin and Gouldy will be ramping up their training and fundraising activities. From early morning training rides to soliciting local businesses for donations, the couple is determined to do whatever it takes to successfully complete the race and raise a total of $20,000 for elder abuse prevention in California.

To learn more about Wallin and Gouldy’s efforts, please visit Can Tom Do It? and Can Kat Do It? or call Thomas Wallin at 888-672-9191. You can also follow their adventure on Facebook.

For more information about the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect, please visit its website.

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