More Riders Take the R2D2 Challenge

A sunny day with moderate temperatures and light winds proved to be the perfect setting for the 162 people who registered to “Ride to Defeat Diabetes.”

Registration for the second annual ride started out slowly but really picked up in the weeks before the Oct. 6 event, resulting in a larger number of participants than last year, according to Mercille Locke, infection preventionist, and one of the race’s organizers.

Riders came from as far away as Yuba City, Pinole and Benicia. There were members of bike clubs from Genentech and Recology, as well as several groups of families, NorthBay employees and board members who signed up to pedal along the 60-, 25-, and 10-mile routes.  

“We are exceedingly pleased with how well the ride went and are looking forward to putting on an even better event next year,” says Ken MCollum, vice president of Human Resources and chairman of the R2D2 Committee.

After the race, riders were treated to beverages and a carbohydrate- and protein-packed lunch of pasta and salad, donated by Mary’s Pizza Shack, and turkey meatballs served by race volunteers Colleen Knight, Wanda
Ellithorpe-Fletcher and Sandy Durrance. Several lucky raffle winners took home such things as massages from Reflections Skin and Laser Center at the NorthBay Center for Women’s Health, gift certificates to local restaurants, bottles of wine and gift baskets.

Proceeds from the ride will be used to support the NorthBay Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology’s educational programs.