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A LIttle Fundraising Update

Posted: June 8, 2014 in General

Hello!  I have not been as good about my blog as I wanted to be this season.  Here is my attempt to get back on the wagon!  I have had two wonderfully successful fundraisers so far this season.  The first was a first for me. I put on a three-hour spin-a-thon at Seacoast Sports Clubs in Portsmouth and brought in over $1000!  I could not have been happier about the success of the event for its first year.  Three amazing instructors each taught an hour of the event and helped us burn an amazing amount of calories! This is an event that I really hope will become a PMC fundraising tradition for me.

Speaking of tradition, yesterday was my York Farmers Market fundraiser with the amazing people from Hubba Hubba Foods.  Sue and Rich have been fundraising partners of mine for four years now and each year it just gets better.  We were able to raise $1114 at the market yesterday, almost doubling my fundraising total for the year!  The weather was amazing and the market was packed.  We met some pretty incredible people as well.  At the fundraisers, there are always people that have had family members that have had cancer and there are even a few folks that have battled it themselves.  Yesterday, a women with very short hair and a surgical mask made her way to the booth with two younger women with her.  They saw the sign explaining that 100% of Hubba Hubba sales for the day would be going to Dana-Farber and started to tell us her story.  She has leukemia and had been receiving treatment at Dana.  100 days prior she had a bone marrow transplant and this was her first day out in the public.  What an amazing women she is!  She bought an armload of spices and some granola to give as gifts to her family.  They said they felt compelled to buy more just because of the donation to Dana-Farber.   They could not say enough amazing things about the treatment, facility and people at Dana-Farber.  While I knew that my hard work for the PMC was doing great things, it was very moving to meet this woman and see all of our hard work paying off.

If you want to help Dana-Farber and The Jimmy Fund, you can donate to my ride here

Thank you to everyone that has donated to my ride!  You are doing great things!


OK, so not officially on the fundraising site…but TRUST me.  We are there!  This is in large part to the fundraiser we had last weekend at The Spaghetti Stain.  We made almost $400 between the restaurant’s donation and the raffle.  It was great!  Hopefully we will be able to keep it up with the next three events.  Which leads me to this…


 I have a HUGE fundraiser coming up this weekend.  This weekend marks the first outdoor farmer’s market in York, ME and my Hubba Hubba fundraiser.  If you don’t know Hubba Hubba, you need to!  They are an amazing husband and wife team that sell some pretty incredible granola and spice rubs.  The most wonderful thing about them is that they donate 100% of all of their proceeds from this first market to my ride!  That’s right…100%!!  If you are anywhere near York, ME on Saturday you have to come by.  The other vendors at the market are great and you can get some very yummy things to go with your granola and spices.  Just remember…100% of what they sell is what they will donate!

And finally, the weather and my schedule have not been matching up so well lately.  I have the usual list of excuses; I work an hour away from home, I have a ton of grading to do, I have a flat tire, I feel like a flat tire…you know the drill.  With that said, I have not been out on the bike as much as I would have liked lately.  This is why, with today being Memorial Day and all, and not having to work at the gym tonight and the weather being BEAUTIFUL I did this …


Hopefully I will see TONS of you at the Hubba Huba fundraiser this weekend!  Here is more information if you need it!

See you on the road!

Marcus –PMC donation page–Facebook page

Why I NEED to Ride

Posted: May 5, 2013 in General

This weekend was one of highs and lows.  Michelle and I had planned to head to Rhode Island to help celebrate one of my car pool buddies getting married.  I got a text from Michelle on Tuesday afternoon saying that something awful had happened and that it was going to be a sad rest of the week at her school.  I knew instantly what had happened.  A fourth grader at the school had been fighting cancer for the past two-plus years and she passed away quietly at her home that morning.  The whole school had rallied around that little girl from day one of her diagnosis and they never looked back.  She was a rock star of a kid and made all of her classmates better people for knowing her.  The kids had  lemonade stands and pancake breakfasts to help raise money for the family’s expenses.  She was truly loved by the whole community.  As we sat at her funeral on Saturday morning, we listened to her mother tell us how positive she had been and how she was always thinking of others.  It was hard to watch her mother give the eulogy for her only daughter who was taken from her way too early in her life.  What was even harder was watching all of the kids that were there.  Kids from the fourth grade had come to say goodbye to their classmate and friend for the last time.  There was a slideshow of all the good times in the little girl’s life.  All the smiles and laughs.  All the parties and family gatherings.  There was a banner made by all her friends at school hung right at the front of the church.  A giant banner with little hand prints all over it with messages for her.  It was an extremely powerful visual.  After what was a lovely and moving ceremony we all went to the gravesite for the burial.  We were all given red roses as we arrived.  Red was her favorite color.  As the ceremony concluded, people began to place their roses on the casket.  The family went first and then a few of their close friends.  Then a swarm of children surrounded the casket and gently laid their flowers on top.  It was an overwhelming image.  No one should have to lose a family member or friend to cancer, especially when they are that young.  The strength of those kids to handle the situation the way they did gave me even more of a reason to ride the PMC.

Thank goodness the weekend was not over.  Michelle and I got in the car and drove to that wedding in Rhode Island.  The ride was quiet at times but as we got closer to the venue we relaxed a bit.  We met up with another colleague and her boyfriend, found our seats in the sun and watched a beautiful wedding ceremony.  Ceremony over we enjoyed drinks and appetizers and dinner and dancing.  The night was perfect and we had a great time.  As much fun as we had at the wedding, I never stopped thinking about that little girl and her friends.  She is the reason I ride the PMC.  Her friends are the reason that I ride the PMC.  No cancer is ever good.  But childhood cancer is just so unfair.  As I train for the 2013 PMC I will have my memories of my father fueling me and the wise words of that little girl that were on the prayer cards at her funeral pushing me, “I used to judge people by their appearance. If they walked funny or talked funny or looked different, I judged them. I DON’T DO THAT ANY MORE! After cancer, I know what it is like walking, talking and looking different.  The worst part of it is the pain.”

I will be wearing a red bandana under my helmet as I ride the PMC this year because red was her favorite color.  I hope that someday I will have the courage and honor that that little nine year old girl had.  She was amazing.Image

So as I sit here to write this most recent post the front door is open and the sun is shining.  I am super hopeful that I will have my bike out on the road very soon.  It has been hanging in the garage all tuned and cleaned for the winter and it looks like it’s ready to roll.  So am I!

I think an update on fundraisers is in order.  April 8th is the Mojo’s fundraiser and is sure to be a success just like last ride.  This will be the first restaurant fundraiser of the season and the buzz is already bigger than last time.  I am trying some new technology this time around to promote the events.  One of my school tech gurus showed my classes an online flyer program called SMORE.  It was a great success in class so I figured I’d give it a try to promote the fundraisers.  If you have not seen it yet, here it is in all of its digital glory!  Also on the fundraising front, I met with Anthony from The Spaghetti Stain this morning to talk out the details of my next event.  Here are some of the details.  It will be Sunday May 19th from 3-8 at the Spaghetti Stain in Dover.  For $14.99 there will be a buffet of pasta, meatballs, salad and garlic bread.  Anthony is generously donating $5 from each meal to the PMC!  Look for a new SMORE with even more details soon after the April 8th event.

And now for some news I have been sitting on for a few months.  I, once again, contacted several different cycling companies to see about donating prizes for the raffle.  Many of them graciously donated jersey’s, bibs or some other component for me to raffle off.  One company, Santiti, went above and beyond.  Here is what they are going to do for one of you lucky riders out there!

THE PRIZE: They are offering a full Santini 6FIVE kit to the winner. Prize includes one 6FIVE jersey, 6FIVE bib shorts, 6FIVE gloves, 6FIVE cap, 6FIVE socks in the size of the winner’s choice. Color options are Black, Red and Royal Blue. Prize will be shipped to the winner from Santin. Full retail value of the prize is $500.  The 6FIVE kit is an homage to Santini’s long and storied history – which starts in 1965 when Pietro Santini established Santini Maglifico and began to create knitwear, specializing in clothing for cyclists. It continues today as Santini cycling apparel is worn worldwide by everyone from the cyclists in your local club ride to top professional teams and organizations (like Vacansoleil, Katusha, Green Edge, the Giro D’ Italia, the UCI, and others) alike. Everything in between those two milestones is, as they say, history. This link provides a timeline of the company’s history and a video about them.  Here is a picture of the kit on the road!


All I can say is that is amazing!  Here is how the drawing is going to work.  Every time you enter into one of the raffles at an event you are automatically entered into the grand prize drawing!  It’s that simple.  If you are not a cyclist and you win…you can always make a cyclist that you do know very happy with this amazing prize!

Well, that’s about it for now.  If you have read this far, thank you!  I hope to see you and ALL your friends at Mojo’s on April 8th!

I have just sent out 50+ emails to cycling related companies asking for prizes for my PMC raffles for 2013. I get to sign up for the actual event in about two weeks. Training will begin and fundraising will be in full swing before I know it. And I couldn’t be more excited. I took a year off from the PMC partially for my brother-in-law Dan’s wedding and partially to let the fundraising sources replenish themselves. I missed not riding last year. I missed the fundraising. I can’t wait to get rolling this year. Be on the lookout for bigger and better things in 2013. I raised over $7500 in year one. I am gunning for that number again. And I’ll need your help again. I can ride the miles by myself. But there is no way I can fundraise alone. I brought many of you on my ride last time. I’ll make room for more of you this time. Get ready for another great journey!

So here we are.  It’s 10:00 on August 4th.  The Pan Mass Challenge is a mere day and a half away.  The bike is in tip-top shape and my bag is packed.  Michelle and I have spent the afternoon and evening adding names to the back of my jersey.  The whole back of the jersey is covered with names.  It is quite a sight.  I wish there were no names on it though.  I wish this ride did not have to exist.  But it does and I am about as excited and ready as I can be.  Today was my last training Spin class, as the bike was in the shop.  I pushed it about as hard as I could today for that hour long class.  I know that this weekend is going to be the toughest weekend I have spent on the bike.  I also know that it is going to be the most rewarding.  Most of the people riding the PMC will be riding solo.  I will be riding with at least 60 others on my bike.  I have been training all these months for this weekends ride.  Four restaurant fundraisers, a farmers market event and an ongoing coffee fundraiser along with countless donations from ALL of you have led to over $7400 for the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute!  100% of those dollars go to the Jimmy Fund.  100%!  It still blows my mind that I raised that much money.  You all have amazed me with your generosity.  It it has not just been the donations of money.  The kind words, the encouragement, the stories of your family and friends, coming to the fundraisers, and just telling me how proud you all are of me has meant the world to me.  And now the weekend that all of this has been building up to is here.  It’s PMC weekend 2011.  I am packed and ready to head out.  I will post some maps and information about the water stops below.  If you are on Facebook I’ll try and post some updates over the weekend.  If not, then you can expect a FULL recap here a day or so after the weekend.  So here we go!






























And here is the jersey so far…more names to be added tomorrow morning.




So it has been a while since my last post, and a lot has happened.  I am now “unofficially” over the $7000 mark in my fundraising!  I know the web site says that I am just under, but there is some fundraising money that has not gone in yet.  AND I have one more event coming up.  Lyn from Smiley’s in Dover, NH has been a huge supporter of my ride from the start.  She has donated gift certificates and even had an impromptu fundraiser for me on July 4th!  Well, she’s at it again.  We are having an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at Smiley’s on July 24th from 8am-11am.  $5 for adults and $2 for kids with ALL proceeds going to The Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  That fundraiser, plus the money raised from the July 4th event will add to an amazing fundraising total for my first year of the PMC.  I have gone way past Heavy Hitter and I could not be more excited!  I keep hearing how proud people are for what I have done.  I want to turn that right back on all of you.  I could not be more proud of the friends, family, businesses, and complete strangers that have helped me every step of the way.  THANK YOU ALL!

So, that’s the fundraising update.  Here are some stats on the biking portion of the PMC.  If you ask me, the biking part is way harder than the fundraising part.  I am doing my best to stick with the training schedule that the PMC sets out for all riders.  Most weeks and I getting at least close to the recommended mileage.  This week should be no exception.  I have been setting aside Friday and either Saturday or Sunday for my big rides.  This week I did ~80 miles on Friday morning and I am planning on getting a 50 mile ride done Sunday morning.  Tuesday and Thursday have been my weight training days with a Spin class on Tuesday afternoons and a road ride some Thursday evenings.  I have also been trying to get out Wednesday nights to ride with the Granite State Wheelemen.  These rides have been fantastic!  We start at Prescott Park in Portsmouth and ride to Rye Harbor State Park and back.  They keep a pace that is higher than what I am used to; by about 4-5 miles per hour!  It’s great to ride in a group like that though.  I am learning how to draft and pace with other riders and it has also been good speed work for me.  Last week’s ride was so much fun!  The last 12+ miles were in a torrential downpour.  It was the first time I had ridden through rain like that.  We were all soaked to the bone but had a blast.  There’s something about cruising along at 21-22 miles per hour on your bike in a driving rain and spitting out dirt and grime from the road that put a smile on your face (really!!)!  Here are more of my riding stats!

Progress Summary Report for Marcus Santy
Count: 20 Rides
Distance: 669.55 mi
Time: 42:35:44 h:m:s
Elevation Gain: 15,489 ft
Avg Speed: 15.7 mph
Avg HR: 146 bpm
Avg Bike Cadence: 73 rpm
Calories: 62,246 C
Max Distance: 77.98 mi
Avg Distance: 33.48 mi
Avg Time: 02:07:47 h:m:s

As always, if you ever want to go out for a ride, even after the PMC, please let me know!  I will be trying to finish up my training AND summer school at the same time in the next two weeks.  I teach in the morning, and ride in the afternoon.  It’s not a bad gig, really.  Once the PMC is over I will be back into teaching mode.  Gotta get ready for the first day of school!  It will be here quicker than I think!

Thanks again for all your support and I hope to see some of you at Smiley’s on the 24th!