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 Oppy Sponsors Karin Gardner's Race Across America Cycling Team

Oppy Sponsors Karin Gardner's Race Across America Cycling Team



CHINO HILLS, CA - If you are an avid reader of AndNowUKnow and The Snack, you may have read Peggy Packer’s interview with Oppy’s Executive Director of Marketing Karin Gardner, in which she details her passion for cycling. Now, with sponsorship from Oppy, the leader and her cycling squad are participating in the 2022 Race Across America to raise awareness for Gaia Home.

Karin Gardner, Executive Director of Marketing, Oppy“Oppy’s generous sponsorship means the world to our team, but especially to me personally, of course,” Gardner said. “If all goes well during the race, we’ll cross the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland, within a few days of my 30th anniversary at Oppy. The company has invested in my personal and professional growth over these many years, and its participation in our Race Across America bid has gone straight to the heart of one of the largest challenges in my life. We’re very proud to wear the Oppy brand prominently as we ride across the country.”

Gardner is a member of Love, Sweat & Gears, a four-woman cycling team that includes renowned North Dakota endurance athletes Melanie Carvell, Lori Klabunde, and Kilee Harmon, Gaia Home’s Executive Director, a release explained. Together, the team is taking part in the Race Across America, which is billed as one of the world’s toughest cycling races, spanning more than 3,000 miles across a dozen states.

With sponsorship from Oppy, Executive Director of Marketing Karin Gardner and her cycling squad are participating in the 2022 Race Across America to raise awareness for Gaia Home

The race kicks off in Oceanside, California, on June 18, and ends in Annapolis, Maryland. Gardner and her team will be racing to raise awareness for Gaia Home, a new non-profit in North Dakota that brings a compassionate approach to end-of-life care.

Love, Sweat & Gears members will ride non-stop through the day and night, climbing over 175,000 feet over the Sierra, Rocky, and Appalachian Mountains; crossing the Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio Rivers and the Great Plains, and passing through the Mojave and Sonoran deserts and Monument Valley.

From left to right: Karin Gardner is a member of Love, Sweat & Gears, a four-woman cycling team featuring North Dakota endurance athletes Kilee Harmon, Melanie Carvell, and Lori Klabunde

“We hope to complete the race in a week or less, though that will take a great deal of luck and probably a tailwind through Kansas,” Gardner continued. “We are enormously blessed by the friends and businesses who have stepped up to support us on this adventure and share our belief in the uniquely worthy cause of Gaia Home.”

To find out more about the race and about Gaia Home, click here.

Good luck to Karin Gardner and her team as they compete in this incredible race!

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