Thank you for your generosity / by Ed Shanahan

Every year the Pan Mass Challenge gives a thank you gift to riders who have raised over a certain amount of money for the current year's ride. No one expects the gift or rides for it but the riders really do appreciate the recognition and the swag. This year's threshold was $7,500 to earn Heavy Hitter status and to be awarded a cool backpack (note all the swag is donated by corporate sponsors, this year by New Balance). Heavy Hitters who have raised at least $11,600 are known as "Top 10%" and receive a special decal (woo-hoo!). Thanks to your generosity I have been in the latter category for each of the five years that I have ridden this event. And yup I am using my back pack for cycling training. What else? Thank you for all your support in fighting cancer