On June 2, Michael J. Fox Foundation staffer and endurance athlete Sam Fox (no relation to Michael) started his 103-day journey through the lower 48 states to raise $1 million for Parkinson’s research, called Tour de Fox.
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July 24th marks the halfway mark for Tour de Fox. (See our full interview with Sam at MENSFITNESS.com/TourDeFox). Sam has been biking and climbing across the country for over 50 days in an effort to raise money for cutting-edge Parkinson's research. Here are some of the incredible photos and memories from Sam and the Tour so far. Plus, some great stats on the success of the adventure
States visited 36 including Washington, D.C.
Miles biked 3,500 miles
Dollars raised $650,000 mark
Number of people who have joined More than 1,300
Sam's First 'Dig Deep' Moment
“My first real ‘dig deep’ moment of this trip came a few days ago on a ride from South Carolina’s highest peak, through North Carolina, to Tennessee’s highest peak. The ride covered 100 miles in all, climbed more than 13,000 vertical feet and featured an unrelenting 4,600 ft. climb over the last 25 miles. In short, this ride was a beast. It was around mile 80, well into the final incline up the highest of the Great Smoky Mountains, that I hit one of those walls that is part mental - part physical. My legs were burning, my heart was racing, and I knew that it would be more than an hour until I could stop moving (you definitely don’t want to lose your momentum on inclines like that). But just then, like it’s done a hundred times before in similar situations, my mind drifted to my mother. I thought about how there is light at the end of this tunnel that I’m stuck in. There will be an incredible view when I reach the top. There will be a bath tub to soak in at the motel tonight. I can get a massage to feel human again. That is not the case for my mom – not the case for the millions of other people that are affected by Parkinson’s – and I think it’s the utter injustice of that fact that pushes me.
I have no illusions about the direct impact of a bike ride on the health of my mom or anyone else with Parkinson’s. I’m not a researcher, not a scientist, and I’m far from a genius. I’ll never cure this disease; but I can do this. And because I’ve been blessed with a collection of people who so inspire me, I can do it well. I am convinced that the harder I push and the more I struggle, the more attention we can bring to this cause. I’ve seen it happen over the last 4 years, and even more acutely over the last three or so weeks. So, while I may not be specifically looking forward to the next body-crushing day in the saddle (If you can actually call this thing a saddle)
I know it matters, I know I’ll get through it, and I know that I’ll never regret it.”
For more information about Sam, the Tour de Fox, and other ways you can get involved, visit tourdefox.org. Follow it all on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And share your support using the hashtags, #TourDeFox and #FindYourSummit.