545 miles, seven days, two wheels, no motor. This is an annual event in which bicyclists embark on a journey that starts in San Francisco and ends in Los Angeles. The event, known as the AIDS Life Cycle, has been going for seven years now raises money for AIDS research with every ride. This year local I will be participating in this event.

I was born and raised here in the Silicon Valley and has just started my first semester here at San Jose State University. I am a public relations Major and plan to graduate in the spring of 2009.

On June 1st 2008 over 2000 riders will leave from San Francisco and embark on a journey down the coast of California. The grueling ride is split up into 7 days the first of which begins and San Francisco and ends in Santa Cruz. Riders will be tested from the beginning of the event, as the second day is a long, flat 105 miles from Santa Cruz to King City. Days 3 through 7 do not get any easier; riders must face many steep hills as they close in on the Los Angeles valley.

Last year this event helped raise over $11 million dollars for AIDS research and this year they look to improve on that number. The money is raised by the riders, who look for donations from their friends, family and community. The minimum amount that must be raised to ride is $2500, this seem like a lot, but in comparison to other fund raising events it is remarkably small.

Riders are faced with the challenge of not only getting their body in the physical shape for this demanding ride but also to raise the money for this worthy cause. The training rides are one thing, I mean, I’m on a bike for 2 to 3 hours a day 4 days a week. To have to worry about the fund raising at the same time is a major hassle.

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause and support one of your fellow students, you can reach my donation web page at http://www.aidslifecycle.org/1829. There you can read more information about my journey and also find links with more information about the event.