BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 2,000 cyclists participated in the Trek Across Maine to support the American Lung Association. The 180-mile race is a three day journey of counquering the mountains in Bethel to reaching the sea in Belfast.
For some, the race was a way to remember and honor a fellow friend who lost his life in the trek last year.
One year ago, David LeClair was hit and killed by a passing truck while participating in the Trek Across Maine. But he was more than just another person riding for a cause. To the Athena Health team, he was a family member.
And this year, the team decided to ride in his honor.
Cyclists traveled from 28 states, and even from Switzerland, to be a part of the peddling family. And more than 700 volunteers gave their time to motivate and support the riders.
This year was the 30 anniversary, and in the last 29 years, the trek has raised $22 million dollars for the American Lung Association. If you missed this year's ride, cycling officials say the 2015 trek will kick off June 19.