Franklin and Marshall College Cycling Team Hosting 24-Hour Cycle-A-Thon for “Racing To Register”

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Team will pedal Friday into Saturday to raise money for and awareness about the bone marrow donor registration organization founded by F&M Alumnus Tom Kramer

The Franklin and Marshall College Elite Cycling team is hosting its first 24 hour indoor Cycle-A-Thon this weekend to raise money for “Racing to Register” (http://www.racingtoregister.org) -- the Pennsylvania non-profit founded to inspire people to join the Be The Match Registry (formerly National Bone Marrow Donor Registry.)

The students will begin cycling this Friday, January 27th at 4:00 p.m. and continue through Saturday, January 28th at 4:00 p.m. in the Steinman College Center. Members of the cycling team are raising money through pledges and will take turns riding their racing bikes on indoor stationary trainers as a continual relay for 24 hours.

Racing to Register was founded in 2011 by F&M alum Tom Kramer. Tom’s wife Pam was diagnosed in 2009 with a rare form of Leukemia and needs a bone marrow donor. Using endurance sports as a platform, Tom (F&M Class of 1989) undertook the mission of completing a marathon, two half Ironman triathlons and one full Ironman race in one year to inspire others to join the Registry. Today, RTR is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation which has registered over 1,300 people and has facilitated two potential patient matches for patients.

"The cycling team has a long standing relationship with Racing to Register and its founder Tom Kramer,” notes F&M Team President Robert Burnett. “Tom is an active triathlete, cyclist and supporter of our team. He has educated all of us on the importance of joint the registry, and giving back to the community. We are thrilled to be holding this cycle-a-thon which will become an annual event."

Tom Kramer, founder of Racing to Register adds "we are thrilled that the F&M team has decided to support us in this way. Young people age 18-25 joining the registry is a critical base of potential donors, so this is a very important demographic for us to reach. We encourage everyone to come out support the cycling team and, most importantly, join the Be The Match Registry.”

Currently there are only 10,000 people on the national registry; RTR has registered approximately 2,000 people since 2009.

For more information on how you can help visit, http://www.RacingToRegister.org.

About Racing to Register
Racing to Register inspires people to join the national bone marrow registry, using endurance sports as a platform. RTR also operates two programs, TEAM RTR which allows anyone to participate in select endurance events including marathons and triathlon, while raising funds and awareness as well as RTR Cares which was formed in partnership with the Ronald McDonald House in order to grant wishes to families or children being treated for blood cancer diseases and preparing or recovering from marrow or cord blood transplants.

About the Franklin and Marshall College Cycling Team
In 2008, the team was born and consisted of a small roster enthusiastic about bike racing. They had a successful two seasons, and were growing to be a strong group. Last year, the team was acknowledged as a small but extremely powerful team that "should be watched" as a potential top team in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference. At one point, they were crawling up as a top 5 team, "a goal", said by many on the team, "that surpassed their expectations." The F&M Cycling Team finished 9th out of the 53 or so teams in the ECCC. Currently they are training for their upcoming season with a roster that has nearly doubled in size. "We're ready," says Ryan McKenna, a teammate entering his second season with the team. "We're a threat now to any top 5 team and that's something we're going to take seriously this season."

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