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2016 Eat a Peach Ride has been cancelled

2016 Eat a Peach Ride has been cancelled

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WE REGRET TO ANNOUNCE THIS YEAR'S
EAT A PEACH CHALLENGE BIKE RIDE
HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
In 2014, BIAMD along with its sponsors and wonderful core of volunteers were able to provide an extraordinary event for over 330 riders.  By all accounts, the event was organized, challenging, well-structured, and a lot of fun. 

Last year, in 2015, due to a variety of reasons, including conflicting events at the Carroll County Agricultural center, deteriorated roads, and unknown road construction timelines, we did not believe we could hold a bike challenge that was both exceptional and safe.  Therefore, we did not hold the event all.

This year, we were very excited to return, and despite numerous challenges once again, were determined to present another extraordinary experience for our riders, our volunteers, our sponsors, and the community.

Unfortunately, for reasons we are still exploring, we were not able to attract riders or volunteers in sufficient numbers that would the justify time, talent, and funds necessary to deliver the type of extraordinary experience we knew the brain injury community had come to expect and that we fully intended to deliver.

On Tuesday night, July 19, 2016, I presented several different scenarios involving both moving forward with the event and canceling the event. It was a very tough decision to make and was not taken lightly by any means. After a prolonged discussion, in which a variety of opinions were expressed, the Board voted to cancel this year's Eat a Peach Challenge Bike Ride. 

The Board is currently formulating plans on how to move forward with this and all of our fundraising events. It will be rolling out some new strategies for the 2017 Fiscal Budget which will be introduced to the membership at the
Annual Town Hall Meeting on September 22, 2016. (more on that in a separate email.)

We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause, and apologize for not being able to come together in August with the joy and excitement we have been able to generate in the past.

If you have already registered, we are working with Active.com to issue you a refund.  If you were thinking about registering with us, we are sorry we won't be seeing you in August.

To all of you, we appreciate your understanding. We are working on additional events which we hope to roll out in the near future, but for now we are just looking to close out this event and focus our efforts on the Scarecrow Classic 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk on October 2, 2016.

As always, thank you for your ongoing interest and support. We cannot continue to make a difference in the lives of Marylanders who are dealing the brain injury without you.

Sincerely,

Bryan Thomas Pugh
Executive Director
Brain Injury Association of Maryland

Edited by: Steve Zeldin - Jul-27-16 05:40 pm

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