Falcon-Software Staff Member Rides for Charity in the 2012 Test of Metal
Falcon-Software staff member, Jade Carter (c’est moi) rode with 1000+ other riders in the 2012 Test of Metal mountain bike race in Squamish, BC representing diabetes awareness and research in Canada. I am an active member of Team Diabetes (we had 22 other member in the race), which is the activity fundraising wing of the Canadian Diabetes Association. Team Diabetes raises funds, advocating for the cause and breaking ground towards a cure while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle to all Canadians. Several members of Falcon-Software’s internal staff donated to my Team Diabetes fundraising campaign (Thank you!) which is a requirement for obtaining a complimentary entry into the event. Team Diabetes members fund-raise for activities across the globe including marathons in Iceland, multi-hour treks to Costa Rican volcanoes and our very own Royal Victoria Marathon. Participants are required to raise a preset minimum which varies based on the event which may or may not require international travel.
Team Diabetes Canada
The Team Diabetes organization provides a unique mixture of team spirit and comradery with each member having their own personal connection to Diabetes. For me, my daughter was diagnosed suddenly with Type 1 Juvenile diabetes when she was 8 and with no family history. It was a devastating and emotional shock and to this day I still remember that when she was in the emergency room bed crying she looked up at me and said “It’s not Fair!”. There was an instant mobilization of the local diabetic support community who guided us in our desperate need to learn about this disease very quickly in order to safe her life. I’ve always been somewhat active and when I heard that this group obtained free entries into various endurance events after a little bit of fundraising, it wasn’t long before I was earning my first ‘Team D’ jersey. Spending 5 hours on a mountain bike or running a half marathon is nothing when put in perspective against a child coping with diabetes.
The 2012 Test of Metal
That label will have historical relevance since this was voted by many long term riders and organizers alike, as the wettest and muddiest ‘Test’ since it was re-invented in Squamish, BC in 1998. The Squamish Test of Metal cross-country mountain bike race covers a 67-kilometre course with over 1,200 meters of climbing and 35 kilometers of single-track. It’s an unforgettable day for everyone involved with over 300 volunteers, thousands of spectators and of course the 1000 riders who begin their day with a mass start at Brennan Park, Squamish. For those in the saddle the unrelenting course will take the fastest just over 2 hours, the average competitor 3-4 hours and the humans 5-6 hours.
“It was a mud bath. It was unbelievable,” said Michael Robinson, who netted the best result by a Whistler rider by finishing 16th. “That’s the wettest race I’ve ever done in Canada, without a doubt.” – WhistlerQuestion
Falcon Software in the Community
Falcon-Software is no stranger to charitable involvement having developed the Falcon Community Involvement Program over several years selecting a unique cause each year whether that be helping a family in need over the Christmas holidays or providing a free website design and development to aspiring local musicians. I will continue to participate in Team Diabetes sponsored events in the community and am thankful for the support of support of my company and co-workers.
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