Virtual determination drives cycling event’s fundraisers

By Terry Rudd  

For a brief moment, the COVID-19 pandemic looked set to claim another casualty: the National Psoriasis Foundation’s cycling fundraiser in Raleigh, N.C.

The Team NPF Cycle Raleigh event was slated to start at a local brewery Saturday, April 18. For 62 miles, riders would bike together to raise awareness and money for psoriasis research.

Then North Carolina’s social distancing requirements put the brakes on that plan. But the pandemic didn’t slow riders’ enthusiasm for their cause. In fact, the communal commitment grew stronger when organizers switched the event to a virtual format.  And what had been a regional event became a national effort: Team NPF Virtual Cycle in Raleigh.

In this video, Bradley Corcoran of Atlanta, Tim Hinson of Apex, N.C., and the community development manager for NPF’s southeast region, Kari Hudson of Atlanta, share their stories of how going virtual meant anything but going it alone.

Images courtesy of the National Psoriasis Foundation.