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1. New York, NY - July 27
2. Keyport, NJ - Aug 2
3. Lancaster, PA - Aug 3
4. Chambersburg, PA - Aug 4
5. Pittsburgh, PA - Aug 5
6. Akron, OH - Aug 6
7. Cleveland, OH - Aug 7
8. Fort Wayne, IN - Aug 8
9. Chicago, IL - Aug 9
10. Champaign, IL - Aug 10
11. Quincy, IL - Aug 11
12. Macon, MO - Aug 12
13. Kansas City, MO - Aug 13
14. Salina, KS - Aug 14
15. Oberlin, KS - Aug 15
16. Yuma, CO - Aug 16
17. Denver, CO - Aug 17
18. Hot Sulphur Springs, CO - Aug 18
19. Craig, CO - Aug 19
20. Duchesne, UT - Aug 20
21. Nephi, UT - Aug 21
22. Baker, NV - Aug 22
23. Eureka, NV - Aug 23
24. Frenchman, NV - Aug 24
25. Reno, NV - Aug 25
26. Sacramento, CA - Aug 26
27. Point Reyes, CA - Aug 27
28. San Francisco, CA - Aug 28/29
Fostoria, OH to Onnas/Etna, IN

August 8, 2002
Planned Daily Mileage: 136


The Rev. Isaac Henke, pastor of St. John Chrysostom Antiochian Orthodox Church in Fort Wayne, Ind., holds a "Race to Respond" T-shirt he received from International Orthodox Christian Charities during an Aug. 8 event in Fort Wayne.


The Rev. Thomas Constantine (far left) and the Rev. Isaac Henke (far right) meet with the "Race to Respond" cyclists and local IOCC coordinator Rula Mourad on Aug. 8 during an event in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Fort Wayne, Ind. (IOCC) — The "Race to Respond" continues to gain momentum - literally and figuratively - as the cycling team crosses the United States. The five volunteer cyclists are riding strong and well after six days on their bicycles, while interest in the mission of the race continues to grow.

On Thursday, Aug. 8, the cycling team rode uninterrupted en route to their destination just northwest of Fort Wayne, Ind. In the evening, they attended a dinner reception at Autumn Ridge Golf Club hosted by St. John Chrysostom Antiochian Orthodox Church in Fort Wayne. There, the cyclists held a question-and-answer session with those in attendance.

Afterward, the cyclists were greeted warmly by St. John's parishioners. "It is a real gift that you guys are giving to (needy) people. Thank you," said Jo Henke, wife of the Rev. Isaac Henke, pastor of St. John's.

Fr. Isaac and the Rev. Thomas Constantine gave the blessing for the food and the cyclists. St. John's parishioner Rula Mourad was the head of the organizing committee.

The cyclists are riding 3,500 miles in 25 days to raise awareness and support for the humanitarian mission of IOCC.

On Friday, the cyclists will ride across Indiana and end at Kankakee, Ill. In the evening, they will attend a reception and rally at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Oak Lawn, Ill., the home parish of cyclists Constantine "Dino" Davlantis and Alex Mazarakos.

The other cyclists are Jim Angelus, Michael Tsakalos and Konstantin Kanelis.

"Race to Respond" Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a typical day like?
A: The cyclists get up at about 4:45 a.m. After devotions, they begin cycling at about 6 a.m. They ride in four- or five-hour blocks, taking five-minute breaks and a 30-minute lunch break. Finishing by 6 or 7 p.m. allows them to get ready for any scheduled evening events. There is a debriefing at the end of the day, and then bedtime.

Q: How many miles do you ride a day?
A: Between 115 and 120 miles.

Q: How fast do you ride?
A: On average, 13 to 15 mph.

Q: What's been the most difficult part of the ride so far?
A: Riding through the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania.

Q: How many hours do you spend on a bicycle a day?
A: Between eight and 10 hours.

Q: What kinds of things do you eat?
A: It varies from person to person, but a good rule of thumb is to stay well hydrated and to eat foods that convert easily into energy. The support-and-gear truck is loaded with fruits, sandwiches, Gatorade and other beverages, power bars and Fig Newtons. In the evening, the cyclists like to eat pasta.

Q: What do you do while you're riding?
A: Some of the cyclists listen to music. Others pray or meditate. The cyclists also talk among themselves to stay alert.

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