Everyone's heard of the Christmas coma (“chroma”), right? You know how it is … you're lyin’ around slacking, stuffed from Christmas cookies and pies and other holiday comestibles? Well a few years ago, our very own Michael Hughes and friends decided to declare victory over the Christmas coma. So instead of going chromatose, they went out for a bike ride.
They had so much fun that they turned it into a tradition and gave it a name: The Annual Christmas Coma Ride. 3 years ago they took the awesome up a notch by making it a charity event. Funds go to the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). CAF provides opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities. In short, they help people overcome physical disabilities so that they can play sports and be otherwise physically active.
I asked Michael to talk a little bit about the ride and the charity:
It is so amazing to see young kids run for the first time, bike for the first time…I've gotten my whole family involved and my kids now know some of these kids and have gained tremendous perspective on how lucky they are (we all are!). We wil have have few Challenged Atheletes on our ride and its pretty cool to ride alongside them and hear their stories – car accidents, congential disease, war injury, etc. – and they are all so positive and appreciative of the opportunities they have. Humbles me.
You know, I write a lot about our five-star products, but it's our five-star people who really make us proud.
The Christmas Coma Ride begins and ends at Barracuda HQ in Campbell CA. You can choose a 100 mile or 50 mile option. Here's the route (pdf):
Click here to see a larger version with more details.
The ride takes place on Thursday, December 26. If you'd like to get involved, you can click here to get more information and sign up to ride. The Christmas Coma Ride Facebook page is here.
Christine Barry is Senior Chief Blogger and Social Media Manager at Barracuda. In this role, she helps bring Barracuda stories to life and facilitate communication between the public and Barracuda internal teams. Prior to joining Barracuda, Christine was a field engineer and project manager for K12 and SMB clients for over 15 years. She holds several technology credentials, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Business Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.