- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni Spotlight - I was featured as the spring 2010 spotlight. The feature includes an interview with the RPI Alumni Association and a discussion of Mark's Trek Across America, my inspiration, work-life balance issues, and community involvement.
- Glenelg Country School - Press Release - tag day fundraiser for Mark's Trek Across America at Leah's school. Leah is speaking on ALA awareness and education to the lower school (2nd - 5th grade students) on March 12th.
Girl Scouts' Columbia Mall Sleep-In. They were among the more than 2,000 Girl Scouts and 850 parent volunteers that showed up at 10:30 p.m. and stayed until 5 a.m. - not to shop, but to feed the hungry, foster friendships, mentor and earn badges. They took canned goods to benefit Harvest for the Hungry, the largest food drive in Maryland. Leah had a great time, earned several badges, bought some fun stuff at the booths, and had some tasty treats. Around 6 am Sunday morning the tired duo arrived back home, just as I was heading out for the annual Washington Area Bicylist Association (WABA) Vasa ride from the Sweedish Embassy in Georgetown.
The WABA Vasa ride celebrates Sweden's famed ski race and festival, Vasaloppet, by bike. The almost 60 mile route duplicated the Vasa race with a non-competitive ride through scenic upper Northwest Washington DC and into Montgomery County, MD. It was a little chilly at the start, but warmed up nicely by the finish line.
Washington Zoo. I fought a few charley horses in my quads, but still averaged almost 15.5 mph. The ride finished with Ekströms famed blueberry soup. Here is the route:
I had another steady week in the fundraising department with donations from the following:
- Richard Stott - my old drama teacher
- Andrew Vimini - one of Mike's fraternity brothers
- Barry & Sandra Koltz - collected donation from some local Delray Beach businesses
- Allison Menjivar - previous Northrop Grumman employee specializing in web design and usability