PRESS RELEASE: Be Good FoundationOver $130,000 Raised By A Global Community Who Biked and Ran Over 10 Million Vertical Feet This Memorial Day Weekend
As Memorial Day comes to a close in the United States, 890 athletes from all over the World rest their weary legs after heeding Rebecca Rusch’s call to complete an “Everest” challenge on their own in support of her Be Good Foundation’s efforts to aid COVID-19 relief, raising over $130,000 for the CDC Foundation, People For Bikes and World Bicycle Relief.
Rusch herself led the charge, as she usually does, by example:Giddy Up Challenge Queen’s Everest Winners
Top Male Bike (Outdoor) - Jules Goguely, 9:02
Top Female Bike (Outdoor) - Katie Hall, 10:01
Top Male Bike (Indoor) - Tim Cusick, 11:58
Top Female Bike (Indoor) - Claudia Behring, 9:55
Top Male Run (Outdoor) - Gary Gellin, 13:45
Top Female Run (Outdoor) - Magda Boulet, 16:55
Katie Hall, of Oakland, CA., threw her hat in the ring with just a week to prepare and walked away with an Everesting World Record, completing 29,029 vertical feet of climbing in just 10 hours and one minute. Giddy Up Challenge By The Numbers
Over 10 Million Feet Climbed Collectively
53% Male / 47% Female Participation
$130,000 Raised for COVID-19 relief
43 of 50 US States
Four Distances: 29,092ft (Everest), 15,885ft, 10,559ft & 5,295ft
1 World Record by Katie Hall
Age Range: 13 - 66
World’s Largest Combined Discipline Everest Attempt
Rusch officially launched the Be Good Foundation in 2019 with a mission to use the bicycle as a catalyst for healing, empowerment and evolution. The words “Be Good” are how her father, USAF Capt. Stephen Rusch signed his letters home from the Vietnam War. Rusch now uses those words to guide her and her efforts. She scheduled this inaugural event on Memorial Day weekend in honor of her father and all service members who are no longer with us.
What’s next for Rebecca Rusch and her small, but mighty crew? Her annual Rebecca’s Private Idaho, a world-class gravel bike race, is only three months away, and you can be sure that she will find a way to motivate a huge group of people to jump on their bikes and make the world a better place.About “Everesting”
“Everesting” is defined as: Pick any hill, anywhere in the world and complete repeats of it in a single activity until you climb 29,029ft / 8,848m – the equivalent height of Mt Everest. From Everesting.ccAbout Be Good Foundation
Be Good™ Foundation enriches communities by using the bicycle as a catalyst for healing, empowerment and evolution. Our work creates opportunities for outdoor exploration, personal discovery and humanitarian service at local, national and global levels. Together we can make our mileage count and create lasting change.