Over 1,400 celebs, public figures, and district-dwellers embarked on a challenge to raise money for Best Buddies International.
By Shira Karsen
Riding your bike in 62 miles of downtown D.C. might not seem like the optimal way to spend a Saturday, but for a great cause like the Audi Best Buddies Challenge, it’s worth it. Recently, 1,4000 people including Maria Shriver, Glee’s Lauren Potter, and a handful of Olympic medalists hitched one leg over the seat and cycled a 100k (or 32k depending on how tough they were) to their legs content. There were multiple 5k walks and runs for the less athletically-inclined, and potato sack races if you’d rather just hang with the kids. Audi also brought in Kool and the Gang to give a complimentary performance to the participants after their day-long workouts.
But all this sweat wasn’t for nothing; by the end of the day, the challenge raised over $1.7 million for Best Buddies International, a non-for-profit that supports intellectually and developmentally challenged children from all walks of life. In addition to raising money, participants could sign a banner pledging to stop themselves – and hopefully their communities – from using the “R” word.