My Very First Bike-a-Thon

by Seth Rogovoy

I’m very excited because for the first time in my life, I am going to be able to participate in a fundraising bike-a-thon, this Sunday, September 25, 2011 – the BerkShares Bike-aThon Ride for the Local Economy.

Why has it taken me this long to do a bike-a-thon? Well, the answer is simple. Until last weekend, I hadn’t owned or even ridden a bicycle for over 30 years. The last time I had my own bike was in high school, and it wasn’t really until this summer that I got back on one.

And I have to say that getting on a bike after 30 years was exactly like they say – it was like getting back on a bike after 30 years. It was as if I had ridden a bike just yesterday. I did remember how to ride, how to balance (somewhat) – but I do think it’s a lot more FUN for me, having had a 30-year layoff. So far, every time I ride, I feel 16 years old again. (Until the day after.)

Anyway, as soon as I got my bike last weekend (Did I mention it was only last weekend that I bought a bike? From the very fine folks at Berkshire Bike and Board in Great Barrington, Mass.), I realized that this meant I could take part in bike-a-thons, and there in my e-mail inbox was the news that this coming weekend is a Bike-a-Thon just down the road from me (I can even ride to the starting point) to support BerkShares and the local economy, causes which of course are very dear and close to my heart.

I hope you will support my efforts to ride for BerkShares by making a pledge in my name. Ideally you would do so by paying in BerkShares, which you could send or give to me or to the organization, but if it’s more convenient, you could make your pledge in U.S. dollars, checks made out to BerkShares Inc., or, probably most convenient, via credit card to the BerkShares donation website. You will want to give them my name and my e-mail address, which is

Thanks in advance for your pledges of support, and I look forward to riding for BerkShares and many other worthy causes in the Berkshires for many years to come.





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