2018 Iron Ride Hopes to Have Raised $100,000 for Pan Am Place 2
by Becca Myskiw
60-year-old Harry Black had sweat running down his forehead to his chin as he rode out the first hour of the 2018 Iron Ride.
The 2018 Iron Ride, a 24-hour stationary bike marathon, took place Saturday, Nov. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 4 to raise money for Pan Am Place 2, a home for at-risk young women, single mothers and children.
“To me, the first 12 hours really isn’t going to be a burn,” said Black when starting the marathon. “It’s the last 12. You don’t really have your head together for the last few.”
The event had 95 participants this year, 31 more than last year’s competition. Bikers participated alone or in teams of up to six.
Black did the Iron Ride alone, biking for the full marathon. He said it was a challenging and rewarding 24 hours.
Angel De Paz, 28, manager of Pan Am Place, said the Iron Ride is the first step to opening Pan Am Place 2. He said there is no specific building secured yet for Pan Am Place 2.
“We want it to be in the Exchange District,” said De Paz. “We believe it has to be really close to Pan Am Boxing because it is fundamental to the success of Pan Am Place 1.”
The Iron Ride had the Yana Power Team in the boxing ring to motivate the bikers when they got down in the late hours of the event. Susan Black, a member of the team, is a director and founder of Pan Am Place.
“When you’re doing this, you don’t have an opportunity to be down,” said the 49-year-old as she prepared to take her turn on the bike. “Motivating helps me be up.”
Black said the goal is to raise $100,000 at the Iron Ride. She said she’s confident they will reach their goal this year because of the increase in participants but won’t know for sure until the end of the week.
The Iron Ride 2018 started at 10 a.m. Saturday morning and ended at 9 a.m. Sunday, including daylight saving time. Harry Black said it was tough but stayed on his bike for the full 24 hours with a few 5-minute naps in between.
At the end of the marathon, the bikers got together in the boxing ring to take a picture and shout, “we did it.”
Angel De Paz said he’s hopeful Pan Am Place 2 will open at the end of 2019.