Woodland Park Cyclocross race is Sunday, will raise money for Jason Williams

Click for full map (PDF)

Click for full map (PDF)

MFG Cyclocross is hosting their Woodland Park GP Sunday, an off-road bike race that requires riders to dismount to jump barriers and be ready to get muddy.

Races start at 9:30 a.m. and will go into the afternoon. The final races start at 2:40 p.m. See the full schedule on the MFG website.

Here’s a first-person view of last year’s Woodland Park race:

You will also have a chance to donate to a fund to help cyclocross champ and mechanic at Fremont’s Cascade Bicycle Studio Jason Williams, who was seriously injured while biking home from work October 25.

A note on a fundraising website for Williams says a person driving struck him, breaking ribs, puncturing his lung and more. The collision sent him to the ICU, and it’s likely the insurance will not be enough to cover the extensive costs.

If you can’t make it to the race to donate, you can also donate online to help him out. From the fundraising website:

Photo from the fundraising website

Photo from the fundraising website

Many of you may know that Jason Williams was struck by a car while riding his bike home from work October 25th. One of the hardest moments anyone can have in life is to see a friend broken and beat up, stuck in an ICU at Harborview Medical Center after being involved in a car on bike crash. It is akin to seeing an eagle that can’t fly, or a jaguar that can’t leap. Jason has 5 broken ribs, a punctured lung, shattered shoulder socket and multiple deep lacerations. But even though broken, with chest tubes installed and everything else connected to him via needles and medical tape, he still has a mile-wide smile and positive attitude for anyone who comes in to visit him at the hospital. After 12 hours of surgery to repair his shoulder, Jason faced an incredible battle with a level of pain that no one should have to go through. And he also faces the prospect of months—possibly years—of physical therapy to regain as much range of motion as possible.

Jason and his life partner Shasta are now facing incredible mounting financial pressure following treatment of his injuries and stay in the ICU and surgery ward at Harborview. No matter how you slice it, the insurance from the faulted driver who struck him October 25th will not be enough. Unable to work, without insurance coverage for medical care and with the normal costs of daily life, this is one of the most difficult times in JDub’s life. Jason would never ask this of anyone, but we can ask for him. We can help take some of the financial pressure off so Jason and Shasta can focus on his healing. We can give back to someone who has given so much to so many.
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