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Fearless FUNdo Ride Will Benefit Amy Marsh April 11

This organized ride in The Woodlands, Texas, will raise more money for the four-time Ironman champ.

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In December of last year, professional triathlete Amy Marsh was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a blood and bone marrow cancer. She started chemotherapy treatments on Christmas Eve, and has since completed two rounds in Austin, Texas. Doctors have indicated she will need a stem cell transplant, which will be done at a hospital in Houston.

After her diagnosis, the triathlon community rallied around Marsh to help support her treatment. This coming Saturday, April 11, an organized ride called the Fearless FUNdo (pronounced “fun dough”) Poker Ride in The Woodlands, Texas, will raise more money for the four-time Ironman champ.

How the ride works

The over 90-mile ride of “pleasurable suffering” can be done as a four-person team or as an individual. Riders will collect playing cards at three stations throughout the ride, which will double as aid stations. They will get one card at the start, three at intermediate stations and one at the finish—the rider or team with the best five-card poker hand is determined the winner (read: not the first to finish). According to organizer Lars Finanger, the idea for a poker-style ride was borrowed from the Swamis and SPY cycling teams in Southern California as a way to handicap the ride to give athletes of all abilities an equal opportunity to win an award.

There are no entry fees for the event, but all money collected will be 100 percent donated to Team Marsh to help with medical costs. Organizers will also host a silent auction and a raffle, and the money made from donations for the post-race barbeque and refreshments will also go directly to the couple. They have also added a bone marrow donor drive to the event (done through an easy, painless cheek swab).

“We’ve seen incredible support from those within The Woodlands community [where the North American Championships are being held] and from Amy’s professional triathlete peers,” says Finanger, who has known the couple since his wife swam with Amy in college. Product donations have been made to be auctioned off in the post-ride silent auction by Mel Hauschildt, Rachel Joyce, Kelly Williamson, Mary Beth Ellis, Tyler Butterfield, Craig Alexander, Tim Reed, Leon Griffin, Matt Hanson, Balazs Csoke, Justin Daerr, Jordan Rapp, Chris McDonald and many more.

“Amy and Brandon are triathlon’s first couple here in Texas and the show of support from the community and their peers is proof that people rally and come together when one of their own is in need,” Finanger says.

How you can help

1) Register to ride here (capped at 100 riders): https://www.athletepath.com/fearless-fundo/2015-04-11
2) Donate to Team Marsh here: http://team-marsh.com/how-can-i-help
3) Purchase a Fearless Fundo t-shirt (see image above) designed by Endurance Conspiracy for $20: email larsfinanger@gmail.com

For more on Team Marsh and Amy’s story visit: http://team-marsh.com/

For the latest info on the ride, visit the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1561247950798602/permalink/1561248627465201/?pnref=story