First Century

After our event day in Columbus, OH, the team was ready to tackle a 104 mile ride into Richmond, IN. With such a long day ahead of us, the team woke up early to get a jump on the day. Clear skies and cool weather felt great as many of us completed our first centuries. Current rider Matt Soltys dedicated this ride to his friend’s mother Kathy Kuntzi, who recently passed away from pancreatic cancer. The wonderful people like Kathy are why we ride and our hearts go out to the Kuntzi family. After the ride, our amazing hosts at First English Lutheran Church made us a delicious dinner and dessert. Many teammates also treated themselves to frozen custard after dinner from an ice cream shop in Richmond. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and watching a documentary about Illini 4000 called “What People Do”. We are ready to continue our journey through Indiana this week.

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  • Emily Cronister says:

    Thank you so much Matt for doing the dedication. It really means a lot to myself and the Kuntzi family. Yesterday we had a beautif day for a service honoring her life. She will truly be missed and was definitely a fighter. She was diagnosed in august of 2012 with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and eventually liver. She fought for a solid 9 months. She had a loving husband (they were able to celebrate their 34th anniversary last month) and three great sons, one of which I’ve grown up with. She was able to spend her last precious moments at her house surrounded by her boys and husband and is now free from pain and suffering. She is truly an inspiration and had a great love for life and as a nurse, naturally was a caring individual. Thank you all for riding for this cause and promoting awareness. Keep on keeping on!

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