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  • 11 Nov 2019 11:36 PM | Anne Marslender (Administrator)

    Dear family and friends, 

    It felt different as I prepared for Death Valley this year.  Last year, I felt unbridled, nervous excitement.   This year was much more of a desire to be there already and a feeling of comfort; I knew much more what to expect of the ride and the experience. I can’t articulate the feeling of being in Death Valley for this ride very well. There’s a peace, a quiet joy, almost a “coming home”.  The raw beauty of the surroundings, the focus on a single cause, and the connection with others is unbelievable, and makes this ride so special to me.  We did it! and I hope to do it again next year!

    We left for Nevada on Wednesday, and the trip started off with a bit of unplanned “excitement”.  My bike was still in transit, and I had been following up with UPS.  Wednesday morning, on the way to the airport, UPS informed me the package was “lost”; my bike was lost. I was incredibly disappointed -  I wouldn’t be able to ride!  I decided I would volunteer instead, cheer on my team members, and enjoy the experience.  Then, Thursday morning I walked past the outdoor bike shop after breakfast, and there IT WAS!  My bike was simply sitting there, set up and ready to go. Back to plan A: ride my ride. Whoo hoo!

    Thursday Gary and Kevin rode up to Dante’s View.  A 25- mile, 5500- foot climb from our hotel (the ranch).  I was their SAG support for a very tough ride!  I was a bit nervous; I wanted it to go really well.  We had breakfast, packed up the car, and off they went with me following in the SUV. There was lots of water, Gatorade, pickles and chips along the way. It was a great experience!  They did it, and it was difficult!  The wind was crazy strong, and the ride was directly into the wind for the toughest part of the climb.  

    We had lunch at the top with a gorgeous view.   I really enjoyed being SAG support, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

    Friday we went site seeing, though I’m not sure it was relaxing .  We logged more than 22,000 steps.    We took in some of the sites closer to the ranch this year.  We visited Badwater Basin’s salt flats, the natural bridge, Golden Canyon, Devil’s Golf Course, and Artists Pallette.  It was amazing.  Some places looked like I imagined another planet might.  There were gorgeous views and lots of walking!


    Ride day dawned early. 

    We started off together near the front and stayed that way for a while. It was a beautiful day with temps in the mid 80s, and only a slight wind to start.  I joined a group from Southwest Ohio, shortly after my first rest stop.  We stayed together in a pace line for a while, which was so helpful when the wind really picked up after Mormon Point.  I rode much of the ride alone after that – lots of reflection time , and opportunity to challenge myself.  Jubilee Pass was just as hard for me this year I think, in some ways more so, because I knew what a tough climb it would be and how much patience it would require.  Those of you who know me, know that patience can be a struggle for me! And I did it!


    The ride back was so much better than last year.  I had saved some energy and planned better mentally and with nutrition. It also helped that it wasn’t as hot this year; I so appreciated the cooler weather.

    It was a great ride!  I achieved my goal to improve my time over last year – YAY!  More importantly, we raised more than $1.2 million for diabetes research on this ride alone.  

    I also achieved another “bucket list” item this year – sleeping in an airport!  With bad weather in Chicago, our flight was diverted to Denver allowing us to “nap” in the Denver airport before catching a later flight home.  

    And yet, I wouldn’t have missed this ride or this trip.  Like last year, it was wonderful and special.

    Thank you!  I couldn’t have done this without the support and encouragement of my teammates.  The training rides, the laughter, the coaching, and the friendly challenges throughout the season kept me going and reminds me that family comes in many forms. And I couldn’t have done this without your generosity and support.  You were with me every pedal stroke, for every mile.  

    Together we did this; Together we’re making a difference!

    Please visit my ride site to see previous summaries and how I did with my fundraising!

    With warmest regards,


  • 9 Nov 2019 9:53 PM | Gary Martindale (Administrator)
    The Death Valley ride raised more than $1.2M to help turn Type 1 into Type None and allow JDRF to provide support to those with Type 1 and to fund key research into better treatments and an eventual cure.

    The Death Valley ride was an awesome experience, as always. Due to limited available flights into Las Vegas, we arrived in Death Valley on Wednesday, a day earlier than the typical schedule. This allowed Kevin and me the opportunity to ride our bikes to Dante's View - 25 miles from, and 5500 feet above, where we were staying. After a very challenging climb - made even tougher due to a strong headwind for the last 5 miles - we got to see some great views from the top.


    Thanks to Anne for providing terrific SAG support for this ride. We couldn’t have done it without you!

    Since we did a tough ride on Thursday, after the mandatory safety meeting on Friday we had the rest of the day free to see some of the fantastic sights in Death Valley National Park.  

    We visited: Badwater Basin

    Natural Bridge

    Devils Golf Course

    Artists Drive and Artists Palette

    and Golden Canyon.


    Ride day Saturday started cool and crisp and turned out to be one of the best ride days ever.

    The afternoon highs were only in the upper 80s. We had some wind on the course, but overall it was an outstanding ride and event.

    I rode most of the day with a combined group from Columbus, OH and Denmark. They were a fantastic group to ride with, worked well together battling the wind, and finished strong. Thanks to Chris, Chris, Jesper, Mike, and Monica - you all were awesome!

    The trip home was a bit eventful, with a surprise diversion and landing in Denver due to bad weather around Chicago and Detroit. We spent a few hours “sleeping” in the Denver airport before catching a 5 AM flight to Indy.

    Please visit my ride site to see how I did on my fundraising and for links to the stories of my past rides:

    Will I go back for a 10th ride in Death Valley?  God willing and if I am able… I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

  • 29 Jul 2019 11:50 PM | Anne Marslender (Administrator)

    RAIN 2019 was a perseverance ride.  I'm so glad I did it. I'm also glad we started an hour early to get more of the ride in while it was cooler. As the sun climbed, every breath I took was so hot!  As we neared lunch, I was hot and thirsty. I wasn't sure if I was going to ride on, with my longest ride this year (prior to RAIN) being only 80 miles; I wasn't feeling great. 

    Some wonderful people along the route were handing out cold water bottles...such a lifesaver as I was completely out of water by mile 90.  Those generous neighbors made a difference.  After some food and rest - thanks Anders and Stephanie hosting!! -  I decided to push on and complete the ride.  It helped that most of us decided to keep going and take it one SAG stop at a time.

    After lunch, we started doing SAG stops about every 8-10 miles.  The SAG stops and wonderful support made a HUGE difference while finishing this ride - shout out to Sharon, Jimmy, Pete, Henry, Wendy, Carol, and many more!! We couldn't have made it without their support...with cold water and gatorade, iced t-shirts, and even ice in our helmets, we finished strong!!

    The Cure Chaser team support was amazing..we encouraged and checked on each other, changed each other's tires, and were just there for each other overall.  

    Finishing together was AWESOME, for the first time in my 3 years we had started RAIN together and finished together! It was such an AMAZING feeling!!... and oh by the way... I have never been so grateful for a cold shower!! ;)

  • 1 Jul 2019 10:30 AM | Anne Marslender (Administrator)

    This year's 24 Foundation ride was a lot of fun!  It was hot, but we had a great set up.  Shout out to Jimmy Shugars and Scott Chapman for organizing!  We had tents, ice, food, generator...and the best team, of course!  Julie, Wendy, Carol, Daryl, Holli and many more stayed all night riding to beat cancer.  Amy joined us for the first time too!  Many of us had family and friends we were fighting for...makes it easier to do this ride .  Dr. Jim opened his home to his Cure Chaser family again this year, offering a real bathroom, refreshments and the occasion medical service (oops!) This year was my first time riding Saturday too, and I really enjoyed it.  It was hot and humid, but neighbors had sprinklers going and I enjoyed riding and chatting with friends.  I've included a few pictures too.  If you didn't join us this year, I hope you do in 2020.  Jim Malone has already created the Cure Chaser 2020 team on the 24 Foundation site.  Thanks to my Cure Chaser family for making it so much fun, looking out for me, and helping me do something I love.  



  • 1 Jan 2019 8:51 PM | Anne Marslender (Administrator)

    Dear family and friends, 

    I’ve been so excited for this experience since I first decided to go in late 2017. My teammates who’ve been, and keep returning, can’t stop talking about how difficult and yet how absolutely awesome it is. So after riding two JDRF rides last year, I decided the Death Valley ride was the one I wanted to do more than any other.  First, I had to get in.  Registration was expected to fill up and close early.  And it did, within hours.  But I registered as soon as it opened and I got my spot along with 3 other Indiana State riders: Gary Martindale, Kevin Garner, and Tony Gabriel.

    I’ll give away the ending now: it was even better and more remarkable than I had imagined!


    We left for Las Vegas early Thursday morning, where we met with the other JDRF riders and staff to hop a bus and travel to the Oasis Ranch in Death Valley National Park.  I saw Hoover Dam from the plane and the Vegas strip from the airport, both of which were firsts for me!  After stopping briefly to pick up drinks and snacks, we left Nevada and drove into California and into the park. The scenery was simply amazing.  Already I wanted to be out in it.

    Since we arrived early and our rooms weren’t yet available, we decided to go for a short ride. We changed, hopped on our bikes and rode to Zabriskie Point.  Jon Doyle, a new friend from Novartis, joined us for the ride.  It was a beautiful sunny day and the ride uphill was challenging and slow but well worth the effort!  The views were beautiful, and it was a great way to loosen up after all the traveling.

    We headed back for the welcome dinner.  Our team was joining about 300 other JDRF riders from around the world.  Together, we raised more than $1.4M with this ride to improve the lives of those with T1D and to continue fighting for a cure.   The staff and volunteers make it very special and most of the event was outside: dinners, speeches, and awards…under the stars, the moon, and the awe-inspiring darkness.  


    Friday morning was the mandatory safety meeting.  I learned not only how important it was to drink but also to eat during the ride to stay well hydrated.  The JDRF staff also shared some of the logistical challenges they face holding the ride in the park to keep the riders safe and the SAG stops stocked.  I hadn’t thought about it before, but if we needed more ice or water, we couldn’t just run to the corner store!  It’d take hours!  What the JDRF staff and volunteers manage to accomplish is really amazing. Since we’d done a warm-up ride on Thursday and our bikes were ready to go, we spent the remainder of the day sightseeing. It was spectacular!  We rented a Jeep, and went to Ubehebe Crater, Racetrack Playa, and Rhyolite Ghost Town. It took us quite a walk to get to the moving rocks at Racetrack Playa…but WOW! We didn’t see another soul.  And the quiet was profound...we actually stopped to listen to the silence.  There were ghosts in the ghost town and amazing puppets.  It, too, was more than I hoped for!


    Ride day dawned bright and early. As I walked to breakfast, the sun was beginning to peak over the mountains.  It was breathtaking. We ate, got ready to go, and met at the starting line. 

    Although we were each riding our own ride, we wanted to start off together, as a team.

    And off we went!

    It was a short one mile uphill from the ranch, before the ride really felt like it began. I found myself settling in and smiling a lot! The temperature was still a bit cool as we rode in the shade of the mountains. It was almost perfect!  Cool temps, slight downhills and smooth roads. As the riders spread out, it was a simply joyful 50 miles. 

    During hill training over the summer, I’d focused more on longer less steep climbs as I wanted to be sure I could finish the ride.  Kevin had explained much of the end of the ride was uphill, and it would be after already riding 93 miles in the sun and heat. Somehow I lost sight of Jubilee Pass.  When I go to the last stop before Jubilee Pass and the halfway turnaround point, I was feeling pretty good! I asked one of the volunteers how much further until we turn around. Only 6 miles…YAY!  She said, “it will likely take you an hour to an hour and a half.”  Wait!  What??!!  I wasn’t expecting that answer. I refilled my water bottles and had an extra bag of chips and headed out.  It wasn’t too bad to start, with small rolling hills.  And then I turned left, happy to move to a flat road.  But I slowed down, and it was hard!  It wasn’t flat at all, but rather the beginning of an almost 6 mile climb.  I couldn’t see the top, and it felt like it went on forever.  I had two goals: Stay on my bike. Don’t stop.  I focused on patience and persistence in a way that I never have before.  As I got closer to the top, my teammates passed me as they rode downhill.  Kevin turned around and stayed with me.  I did it!  We had all made it to the top of Jubilee Pass.

    We rested briefly, but we wanted to get underway quickly as we still had 50 miles yet to go. The downhill was not the fun ride I expected.  It was very bumpy and very fast making it rough on my arms and upper body.  The challenge continued after Jubilee Pass. It was hot, we rode in bright sunlight, and there was a fairly steady headwind.  I was so tired, mentally and physically.  Yet, I knew I didn’t want to quit, no matter what.  At the next SAG stop, I took a longer break to rest, poured water on my head and ate.  I started to have a bit more energy. Kevin was waiting at the rest stop with me.  We focused simply on reaching the next rest stop each time, only on riding the next 8 miles.  I learned a new trick and packed ice in the grooves in the top of my helmet.  It kept me cooler as it melted! I was going to finish the ride.  The last 7 miles were more rolling hills than the straight climb I had anticipated. And the last mile was mostly downhill! I pushed myself to go faster, and then the finish line was right there!!!  I’d actually done it.  I had ridden my bike 100 miles in Death Valley!

    It was an absolutely amazing experience, and one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done.  I can’t describe the joy, the elation, and the peace.  And I can’t wait to do it again next year!


    I know I’ve said much of this before.  And I’ll keep saying it…Thank you!  I couldn’t have done this without the support and encouragement of my teammates.  All of the training rides, the laughter, and the coaching throughout the season kept me going and reminds me that family comes in many forms. And I couldn’t have done this without your generosity and support.  You were with me every pedal stroke, for every mile. 

    Together we did this; Together we’re making a difference!


    Warmest regards,


    P.S. Please visit my ride site to see previous summaries and how I did with my fundraising!

  • 5 Nov 2018 11:19 AM | Gary Martindale (Administrator)

    Another Death Valley ride is in the books. Four of us from Indiana ventured west for an awesome weekend in the desert, riding our bikes to raise money for a great cause — to find a cure for diabetes and turn Type 1 into Type None. We joined more than 300 other riders and collectively raised almost $1.5M. Read on for a short recap of the weekend...

    On Thursday we arrived in Las Vegas and from there took a two-hour bus ride into Death Valley.

    Once we got to the valley, we found our bikes and rode to some nearby sights while waiting for our hotel rooms to be ready.

    After the mandatory safety meeting on Friday morning, we rented a Jeep and ventured to some of the more remote areas of the park. Along the way we saw some cactus, tea kettles, self-moving rocks, a house made of beer bottles, and a few ghosts (maybe they moved the rocks?)


    Saturday was ride day and found us ready to go before dawn.

    The morning started cool, with the sunrise inspiring awe as it slowly revealed the glorious beauty of the stark desert mountains around us.

    The weather was spectacular - hot and dry with high temps in the 90s. We all made the summit at the 51-mile turnaround.


    With the heat of the day and a pretty steady headwind, the second half of the ride was much tougher than the first. We each fought our personal battle to cross the finish line in our own time - safe, sound, smiling and under our own power - the goal of every JDRF rider.

    Thank you, as always, for sharing in my ride. This was my 8th ride in Death Valley and 12th overall JDRF ride and each is an emotional event. I truly appreciate your generous support of JDRF over all these years. I may have been the one pedaling over the miles, but I carried your thoughts, prayers and support with me on each mile, and I would not have made it without you. Thank you! 

    Please visit my ride site to see how I did on my fundraising and for links to the stories of my past rides.

    All my best,


  • 30 Oct 2018 9:57 PM | Anne Marslender (Administrator)

    Dear Friends and Family,

    With your support, I rode in my third JDRF ride, 100 miles in La Crosse, Wisconsin!!

    Although this was my third ride for JDRF, and much of the format was the same, each ride is inspiring in its own way.   This one was different before we even started.  It was the largest Indiana State Team that I would be traveling and riding with yet.  There were 16 of us, and 6 first-time JDRF riders this year!

    Many of us met at the JDRF office the Thursday before the ride, to decorate cars, load bikes, and carpool to La Crosse.  It was an early morning and a great way to start the day!  It’s fun to road trip with so many friends. And of course, we stopped at the “World’s” Largest Culver’s along the way!


    We arrived Thursday, checked in to get our welcome packets and dropped our bikes in the bike room.  It’s amazing to see so many bikes in one place…especially knowing there are so many riders, riding and raising money for such a great cause.  Many of them have a personal connection that you can see on their bikes, pictures, and names.  We enjoyed a welcome dinner and walked a bit to relax before turning in for the night.

    Friday started with breakfast and the mandatory Safety Meeting, a must for every ride.  It’s a helpful reminder to all of us, for example: tapping our helmets to let a SAG (Support and Gear) vehicle know we need help vs. waving which may just mean “hi!”, coaches are willing to assist in tire changing, and what the route is like, and where we turn around.  Then we were off to the bike room to grab our bikes and take a quick tune-up ride to ensure our bikes were ready to go for Saturday.  Matt and Evan had a flat issue, so it was a short ride, but way better to get that fixed on Friday!

    Friday night is the Inspiration and Award dinner.  And it fits the name to a tee.  It’s amazing to see and hear so many stories…it always makes me cry, especially hearing about the families, the perseverance, and the triumph.  This year they also did a Family Feud type game …and both Devon and Emily participated! It was a blast!             

    Saturday dawned bright and early…

    Our route takes us through parts of 3 different states: Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.  It’s way cool.


     It was a beautiful cool morning to start and stayed that way for quite a while.  It was everything I remembered and more.  A bit foggy and cool…enough that I took my sunglasses off.  We rode together as a team, single file, meeting others as we passed them.  Everyone is usually so energetic and excited, at least in the morning.  We make new friends, learn why others are riding, and encourage each other every step of the way.  We tried to do fairly quick SAG stops again this year so that we continued to make good time but also got the food and water we needed.  And they’re always stocked very well!  One thing I love about riding is that I get to eat things I normally wouldn’t J …cookies and chips, Oh My!

    The first half of the course went very well. Even as the sun came up and the day warmed, the weather remained beautiful and our spirits strong. The turnaround is the most difficult for me, mentally and physically.  The long low grade climb at the beginning of the loop seems to take forever, and takes so much energy.  I kept at it….slow and steady.  Once at the top and after the turn, the larger rolling hills can look intimidating.  But once you climb, the speed on the downhill helps you to climb the next…and wow!  It was so much better than last year!  I climbed faster, sped downhill, and completed the loop in record time.  The final downhill is long, and tucked low on the bike, you can gain so much speed.  It was exhilarating!  I grinned the whole time. 

    Now we just had to bring it back home!  It’s mostly flat, but the small hills still take more effort after 50 miles.  We broke into two groups for the last 30 miles or so. I decided to ride with the faster group.  It was fantastic.  The hills were still hard, and I had to fight to keep up, but as always, we stuck together and encouraged each other.  We couldn’t wait to get to the finish line!  A quick flat change for Julie at mile 99, and we were there!!!!  So amazing!  

    The first time, the emotions were so strong, I barely made it beyond the finish line before bursting into tears.  This was different…still so many emotions, but more happiness and feeling inspired.  Off to ice cream and a beer…yes, together, because at the end of a JDRF ride, why not?!  We waited for the rest of our team to ride in, reminiscing already about parts of the ride and looking forward to the celebration dinner.

    Saturday Night Awards dinner always comes with more tears…more personal stories.  It reminds me of why I do this…how I was inspired by my friends…and why I keep coming back.

    I couldn’t have done this without the support and encouragement of my teammates.  All of the training rides, the laughter, and the coaching throughout the season keep me going and reminds me that family comes in many forms. 

    And I couldn’t have done this without your generosity and support.  You were with me every pedal stroke, for every mile. 

    Together we did this; Together we’re making a difference!

    Warmest regards,



  • 22 Jul 2018 4:06 PM | Anne Marslender (Administrator)

    RAIN 2018 was a great ride!  We rode as a group and had a great tailwind and some rain :). Kept us cool.  

    Congratulations to Daryl, Matt, Gary, Julie, Hannah, Wendy, Scott, Henri, Holli, Steph, Jimmy, and Donald!!!!  So much team encouragement :)

    Big BIG shout out to a wonderful SAG team !!!!  Sharon and Rachel were awesome!  Jimmy got us started in the morning with fresh air and a great drop off.  Anders and Steph graciously opened their house for us to tramp through, even while wet, for lunch. Sharon not only fed us and kept us in the loop, but she helped make us as comfortable every step of the way...cookies, water bottles, wiped our glasses, and held our bikes.

    This is such a great group and was a wonderful ride...I'm really lucky to be a part of to.  WHOO HOO - Go Cure Chasers !!

  • 25 May 2018 2:16 PM | Anne Marslender (Administrator)

    So much fun!  Low wind and awesome group :).  Great pace and Danny Boy's after !  Alicia, Wendy, Scott, Kerry, Richard, Kevin, John, and Jim!! Missed Tony and Gary...maybe next week.


  • 20 May 2018 8:29 PM | Anne Marslender (Administrator)

    The last couple of Flat Thursday and Saturday training rides out of Coxhall Gardens in Carmel have been great!  

    Alicia and Sharon joined Richard, Kerry , and me about a week ago and it was a blast...

    We rode ~ 33 miles.  The weather was great even a bit of the wind :).  It was one of Alicia's first rides this summer and her toe is good to go !   Richard had a chain issue (pin came out) and had to stop about 30 miles in.  But that's what I love about our group!  We made sure he was safely off the road, then went back and picked him up with the car.  (Quick fix and he was riding again Tuesday).  

    Saturdays are some of my favorite training rides.  This past Saturday, we started about 8am and rode about 38 miles.  It was bit windy but the pace and challenge was a perfect! We increase the miles over the summer to at least 100 to prepare for our bigger rides.  We stick together and look out for each drops!  But we can still ride our own ride.  We support and challenge each other.  We even ride back to see how others are doing (as a frequent recipient of's awesome!).  We have places to stop for ice and breaks. Kevin maps a great course :).

    Above: At the start...Coxhall Gardens.  (L-R: Tony, Gary, Kevin, Anne)

    Below: then a brief mid way stop at Ricker's in Sheridan 

     (L-R: Anne, Gary, Kevin, Tony)

    If you haven't tried Flat Thursdays, come join us!   

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