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Less Cancer Rides Again: Alone But Together Bike Ride June 6-7

One of the causes that has always been especially important to us is cancer prevention. As many as 60% of types of cancer are preventable, forcing families to face a disease that ravages body, mind, community, and ruins finances. While the world seeks a cure, we can reduce the number of people who face these hardships by reducing cancer rates. 

Our partners at Less Cancer rely heavily on their annual charity bike ride to raise money to support their operations. They work in forty countries around the world and play a vital role in carrying the cancer prevention message to places of power, including Washington D.C. This past winter, Keen co-founder Tim Pulliam was honored in our nation’s capital for his work in promoting healthy, active communities. 

This year’s Less Cancer Bike Ride will have a very different look but the same inspiring spirit. Due to social distancing guideless and in the interest of the rider’s and support staff’s safety, the ride simply couldn’t go on as it normally does. Instead, we’re asking people everywhere to help us pedal the path to prevention. 

You can ride one mile or one hundred. Ride once over the June 6-7 weekend or as many times as you want! Ride in the woods, ride on the roads, ride a lap in your neighborhood. You can even ride an indoor trainer if you feel safer. Even though we’ll be riding alone, we’re Alone But Together, and it’s how we can all play a role in the mission of Less Cancer. 

Can’t ride? Consider making a donation to one of the many teams forming across the country! Our Team is made up of Keen employees and plenty of friends we ride with year-round, including a few that have joined us for the Less Cancer Bike Ride in years past! 

To learn more Less Cancer and the organization’s work, head to LessCancer.org. There you’ll learn about the National Cancer Prevention Caucus, their programs, and the people behind the Less Cancer mission. You’ll also find out more about the Alone But Together Bike Ride, so make sure you sign up and join us!

Keen Racing Does Fun: Farmland 5km 2019

This is what community is all about. This past Saturday, we enjoyed sun, fun, and even a run at the Farmland 5k and Free-For-All Bike Race! 

We’ve been the title sponsor of this event since its first edition for a lot of reasons, but perhaps the most important is simply because we love it! It’s unique, unpredictable, and brings together a lot of special people at a time of year that would otherwise be a bit of a whole in the calendar. 

Having any event in early December in northern Michigan is a gamble, but for runners and bikers from Traverse City, we’re never scared of a weather forecast! This year was the snowiest edition of Farmland in years, but not the coldest. Temperatures were at or above freezing for both the noon run and 1pm bike races, and the sun stayed out for almost all of it! 

Keen had plenty of athletes in action in the run and bike, including a smiling Mike Powers. The two to three inches of soft snow made traction tough for the runners, but they still put up some interesting times over the 3.2 mile course that included some rolling hills and a surprising amount of wind. 

With over 100 runners, the snow was mashed and softened up by the time the bikes lined up. Fat bikes, with tires over four inches wide, were the popular choice, but as always, we saw a bit of everything for the “free-for-all”, including plenty of 29ers and even two cyclocross bikes! 

First place or last, we’re all about having fun. TJ Brown got the kids to the line, the youngest participants of the whole day! Just staying upright in the soft snow was challenge enough, but the whole family had a blast. Mike, Shawn Luca, TJ, and all the Keen crew were smiling lap after lap, totally 12 miles!

A big thanks to the Traverse City Track Club and everyone who makes the Farmland happen, and we’ll see you again in 2020!

Check out the full results from race day here.

Less Cancer, More Relationships: Thanks To Paul and June from Frontier Computer Corps!

One of the biggest priorities at Keen is putting people first. Our relationships don’t end with the projects; they’re just the beginning.

We’re always stopping to check on our pal Paul. His company, Frontier Computer Corp., is just a few miles away in Traverse City, and it’s one of the businesses even locals don’t realize is based right here in Northern Michigan. Like Keen, Frontier is doing work on a national and even global scale, making it one of the very exciting companies we are lucky to call ‘neighbors’.

 

Knowing Paul is always up for a bike ride with us, we tagged Paul and his wife, June, in for the Less Cancer Ride a few weeks back. Paul immediately recruited a few more friends, organized some donations, and really helped make the fundraiser’s success a reality. It got us thinking just how important relationships are as a business, but also as people. We are so lucky to have met, worked with, and continue to get to know people like Paul. Across industries and at companies of all sizes, there are good, smart folks who simply love to make a difference.

From everyone at Keen, thanks for going along with our crazy ideas, Paul!

 

“June and I were proud to be a part of this inspiring event where both survivors and supporters from our community came together to share the weekend with a common cause… LESS CANCER.  Thanks to all who rode, supported and donated so that one day we can stop saying goodbye to our friends and family members, and can finally say goodbye to this horrible disease.”