Ride for a Child Picnic

This weekend Pedal the Cause hosted the Ride for a Child picnic at Forest Park. More than 100 ride participants gathered to recognize the 20 Ride for a Child children and their families. It was an emotional and inspiring day, and a great chance for everyone there to get to know the children, all of whom are cancer fighters. DJ is Team Powered by Hope’s ride for a child, and is a special boy with a huge smile and a big heart.

During the event, I was invited to say a few words and surprise the children with a Powered by Hope medal presentation. It was a very moving and uplifting moment to see the delight on their faces and know how special they felt to receive the medals. You can check out the full album of photos on my Facebook page, but here are a couple of favorites.

Ride for a Child Picnic DJ

Ride for a Child Powered by Hope Team

Powered by Hope Medals at Ride for a Child Picnic

I invite you to read more about Pedal the Cause, and if you can, join the Powered by Hope team as a virtual rider. One hundred percent of your contribution will go to help Siteman Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital so one day we can live in world without cancer.

 

Ironman 70.3 in Mont-Tremblant

This Sunday I’ll be participating in the Ironman 70.3 in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec in Canada. This place is incredibly beautiful, there are people from all over the world giving this event a true international feel. The energy is electric and contagious, and I’m really looking forward to the race on Sunday.

I’m including some photos from the pre-race activities, below, and here are more details about the race. We’ll start the 1.2 mile swim in Tremblant Lake. The one-loop, 56- mile bike course runs through Mont-Tremblant’s forests and low lying mountains, the 13.1 mile run course ends in the heart of the pedestrian village of Tremblant Resort. The race officially ends at midnight with a celebration and fireworks.

You can read more about the Ironman 70.3 in Mont-Tremblant, here.

Ironman 70.3

Ironman 70.3 Sign

Mont-Tremblant

Racing For Steve-O Foundation

This weekend I will be supporting a friend, Steve Smith, or as his training buddies call him Steve-O, during the First Annual Barron Lake Triathlon benefiting the Racing For Steve-O Foundation.

In 2012, Steve-O was diagnosed with a brain tumor, a glioblastoma. His competitive and caring spirit has led to the start of his foundation, the Racing For Steve-O Foundation. The vision for the foundation is to help Michiana (his hometown) children have the opportunity to be involved in sports and athletics regardless of their physical, mental and financial barriers.  Several organizations have already benefited from the foundation, and their future goal is to provide scholarships.

If you’d like to support the race and the Foundation, here’s a link to my page: www.racingforsteveo.org/terigriege.

I met Steve-O while training and participating in the Ironman, and he is a 12-time Ironman competitor. He is one of the most decorated amateur triathletes of all time with over 250 triathlons completed. I often travel to Florida, where he also resides, and consider him a great friend. Here’s a fun story about Steve and I – we both love ice cream and the bigger the sundae the better. These photos say it all:

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Pedal the Cause Ride for a Child

First, thank you to everyone who has signed up for the Powered by Hope Pedal the Cause team! We’re at 160 team members, and my goal is to get to 200. If you have any friends or family members who are considering joining, please encourage them to join the Powered by Hope team – we have riders on the course, in the spin tents and virtual riders – all are welcome!

Once again this year we are supporting a Ride for a Child, and our child for this year is DJ. He’s such a sweet little guy and loves all things Spider Man. For those of you on our team, I encourage you to share a letter of encouragement, by email or written by hand. Our Ride for a Child is Sunday, Sept. 14 at 11a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park. Please email me if you are planning to attend by Aug. 30. Let’s get a huge participation!

I’m always inspired to see youth who participate in races, and thrilled to share that we have a youth participant on our team, Makenna. She was recently highlighted in the Pedal the Cause newsletter, and you can read her full story on her fundraising page here.

Hope to see you tomorrow for the Edward Jones training ride and lunch. Check in begins at 7 a.m. at the Edward Jones south campus in Des Peres. You can register for it on Facebook, here.

KMOX Radio

I recently sat down with Tom Ackerman, sports director at KMOX radio in St. Louis, to talk about my book, Powered by Hope, and share my story. Here’s a clip:

KMOX Radio CBS Local

KMOX: Would you look back at the inspiration for the book and think, ‘How did this all happen in such a short amount of time?’

Teri Griege: Absolutely. The book was never something I had planned, and inspiration for others was just something that came. I really was just following my passion and wasn’t going to let cancer beat me or take away what I love to do. From there, this whole movement, inspiration and example came from it.

To hear and read the full KMOX radio interview, visit: CBS Local.

Thank you, Tom, for taking time to speak with me and for reading Powered by Hope!