The Knowledgent Riding Club, a group of cycling enthusiasts that include Knowledgent employees, their families, and clients, recently signed up to take part in Century for the Cure, a charity bike ride to benefit cancer research at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The Century for the Cure ride will take place in Camp Riverbend in Warren, New Jersey this Sunday, September 14.
Prior to the ride, I sat down with Nathan Lynn, Principal at Knowledgent and Captain of the Knowledgent Riding Club, to discuss the race and the cause:
- How did the Knowledgent Riding Club get started?
The Knowledgent Riding Club came about because we wanted to do something fun with clients and for the community. We share a deep passion for riding and for helping others. So it’s really a gathering of like-minded cyclists from all different companies and industries who love riding and giving back to their communities.
The club started last year when I rode with a friend from Barclays Capital at Central Park. It was a great experience and really solidified the idea to do something similar in our community. “Think globally, act locally.”
What’s your favorite thing about riding?
It’s exercise, but it doesn’t feel like exercise. When I’m riding, I don’t feel like I’m working out. I might feel exhausted, but there’s also this great sense of accomplishment. It’s something I love and look forward to doing while getting healthy at the same time. And it’s a great way to get outdoors with my family and friends.
Tell me about Century for the Cure. What made you want to participate in this ride?
Century for the Cure is a 10-year-old ride. It was started by Scott Glickman, who was treated at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), located in New Brunswick. He decided to fundraise for the Institute to give back to everyone at the hospital. I love that 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to CINJ.
The Knowledgent Riding Club is participating as part of Knowledgent Cares, our employee volunteer program. Why is community service so important to Knowledgent and to you especially?
Everyone at Knowledgent believes that it’s important to give back to the communities in which we work. It’s our social obligation, as an organization that prides itself in its people, to support each other in giving back to the communities in which they live and work.
What’s next for the Knowledgent Riding Club?
We’re already looking at other rides and are very excited about the future. We’re looking to get more employee involvement as riders as well as volunteers. Even if you can’t ride, you can still volunteer – handing out water to the riders, distributing flyers, and even just coming to the race to cheer. Although our goal of riding together was achieved, there’s so much more that we want to do. This is just the beginning.
More information on Century for the Cure can be found on their website. To donate to the Knowledgent Cares Century for the Cure Team, visit our team page. And if you’d like to join the Knowledgent Riding Club, please contact Nathan.
To see Knowledgent Cares in action, check out our Flickr account.