As you may or may not know, I’ve been in training. I’ve been cycling hundreds of miles each month in preparation for the Horse Farm Hundred, an annual charity race that benefits the University of Florida’s Veterinary Medical School.
During the past six months, I’ve consumed my share of eggs, fish and chicken (when what I really wanted to eat was macaroni with truffle oil and Italian cheese); I’ve mega-dosed on Glucosamine and Chondroitin tablets, and I’ve washed down Chromium Picolinate supplements with protein shakes or my own fortified elixirs. I’ve taken more Epsom salt baths than I can count and have bought more Ben-Gay than you could imagine but, at long last, I’m ready for the race. Me and Lance. (Just kidding.)
On October 25th at 8:30 AM, the Horse Farm “century ride” will begin, with participating cyclists from around the nation digging deep to sprint fast, pedal hard and go the distance. I will be among them.
For those of you unfamiliar with UF’s Vet Med Center, it is a major animal referral center for the entire Southeast and includes both a Small and Large Animal Hospital, each of which functions under the direction of a chief of staff and an associate chief of staff. Approximately 20,000 animals are admitted or treated at the facility each year. Because this is one of just a few U.S. veterinary schools with a college of human medicine next door, students are part of groundbreaking research that has significant implications for animals and people. Already, the college’s researchers have developed a vaccine for the virus that causes AIDS in cats.
With construction now under way on a $58 million Small Animal Hospital, the college hopes to expand its potential for innovative research and treatment and, it’s for that reason, I’m riding. I’d be honored to have your support.
If you’re interested, the link below will take you to a sponsorship form you can fill out and mail to the University, but if it’s not within your means to contribute, just think positive thoughts for me. Good karma is priceless. 🙂
Otherwise, don’t forget to put my name on the sponsorship form (You’ll see a place for it.), so I can thank you personally.