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Canary Challenge Update: Did You Know…?

August 31, 2012

Cyclists who have been training (hopefully!) and fundraising for weeks will descend upon the campus of VMware in Palo Also to ride in the Canary Challenge 2012 in September.  The Canary Challenge is one of the most picturesque rides on the west coast—going from the foothills of Palo Alto & Woodside, to Pescadero, out to the Pacific Ocean.

The Canary Challenge benefits the Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI) and 100% of funds raised will be donated to the SCI for cancer research and innovative clinical programs.

The one-day ride is a fully supported ride that includes great food, generous amenities, stocked rest stops, SAG vehicles, medical support, spirited festivities, and wine & beer garden, and a community of riders who have been touched one way or another by cancer.  Learn more about the Canary Challenge on our website.

Some interesting facts about the Canary Challenge: Did You Know . . ?

  • The male to female rider ratio this year is 2: 1.  In 2011, it was 3:1.  What an increase in women riders!
  • The two biggest teams are Canary Chicks with 27 riders (4 male riders!) and Team Lauren (in support of LPCH) with 24 riders.
  • A bake sale can raise a lot of money! Avaya The Power of WeTM team held a bake sale at their corporate headquarters during the lunch hour and raised $1,343 in 3 hours.
  • OSIsoft’s team OSIsoft and Ringers raised $25,000 in a single night with a poker charity and they’re still going.
  • 12 Stanford affiliated teams, from Surgery to Dermatology, are riding in the Canary Challenge.
  • The funniest name for a Canary Challenge team is Stream Team (from Stanford Urology).
  • New features this year include a Family Fun area with face painting, bouncy house and shalom skateboarding demonstration.
  • The number of riders who say they will do the 100K is 74, and the number of riders who say they will do the 100-mile is 134.
  • We have riders coming Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Victoria BC, Virginia, and Utah. That Virginia rider is coming a long way!
  • The team with largest number of gifts is the CUTTERS team.  It has received 82 gifts!