2015 - Geldings Ride Again

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2015 marks the 12th year that that my family has supported the American Lung Association (ALA). I ride to save lives, search for cures, keep kids off tobacco, and fight for laws that protect the air we all breathe. I ride for my dad, Barry Koltz, and for my father-in-law, Leo Lambert. My dad fought a long battle with COPD and helped inspire my love for bicycling.  Leo was a 10 year ALA Trek Across Maine volunteer and completed the ride himself at age 70. Dad and Leo always put others first ... helping those in need or supporting important causes like the American Lung Association.  My rides help carry on the important work they started and treasured so dearly. They were, and continue to be, an inspiration to us all.

This year Leo's Legacy will not be riding in the Trek Across Maine, but our support to ALA will continue.  Gary and the Geldings (plus Leo Anderson & Todd Miller) completed another fun reunion ride in July.  More details to follow including the ride into Manhattan ... my Karen joined us for that one (almost 40 miles into the city to the inspirational One World Trade Center, then across the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges).

A look back (see links on the left) ...

  • 2015 -- Gary and the Geldings reunion ride including New York and Connecticut
  • 2014 -- Gary and the Geldings reunion ride from DC to Pittsburgh along the C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage (GAP)
  • 2013 -- ABB reunion ride including Maryland, West Virgina, and Pennsylvania
  • 2012 -- Blue Ridge Parkway (400 miles and 43,000 feet of climbing) and Ride the West from the Washington/Oregon border to just north of San Diego (1,400 miles and 75,000 feet of climbing). 
  • 2011 -- Natchez Trace Parkway
  • 2010 -- My father-in-law's legacy thrived ... I rode my bicycle 3,700 miles across the country and raised over $17,000 for the American Lung Association
I am no longer asking for donations.  Instead, I will make a sizable donation to ALA on behalf of my father-in-law, father, and all the wonderful people who have supported me over the years.  My rides will continue to make a difference in the lives of families fighting lung disease and to increase awareness about the importance of lung health.

Mark Koltz  
6811 Maryland Ave., PO Box 187 Braddock Heights, MD 21714-0187