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Ride the Tide: Fighting cancer

Saturday’s event takes aim at breast cancer awareness

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Ride the Tide: Fighting cancer

Participants in a previous Ride the Tide.

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POSTED October 30, 2013 1:03 a.m.

The fund-raising season is demanding of its champion.

In a three-month span, Frank Alvarado has pushed his skateboard around Lake Tahoe and along Southern California’s idyllic coastline, fueling a fight against breast cancer with awareness and donations.

In between, he organized and hosted the fifth annual Paint and Destroy art show at Gallo, of which a portion of the proceeds benefitted Esther Muniz, a local cancer survivor. 

Alvarado, the Northern California ambassador for Boarding for Breast Cancer, was admittedly gassed after Skate the Coast on the weekend of Oct. 5.

“Honestly, I was wore out because everything was stacked up,” said Alvarado, who completed the 19-mile ride from the Santa Monica Pier to Redondo Beach in roughly two hours, never once jumping off his board.

His tank didn’t stay empty for long.

There was one ride left to organize – the fourth annual Ride the Tide. His “baby.”

“With Ride the Tide, since it’s my baby, it’s like a whole new feeling; it’s like getting your second wind,” he said. “Not that the other events don’t mean a lot to me, but this means the most.  We started this grassroots and it’s taken off.

“I’m excited more for this than anything we’ve done this year.”

Ride the Tide will be held Saturday, beginning with registration at Library Park.

The start line is one of the most unique in the endurance race world, crowded with skateboarders, cyclists, scooters, runners and walkers.

“Last year I put the gauntlet down,” Alvarado said. “If you think you can keep up, I’m right here.”

The 13.4-mile course will follow the Tidewater Bikeway north toward Lathrop Road, looping around East Union High School and back toward Library Park.

Participants will peddle, push and stride through the start line, continuing on toward Moffat Boulevard and eventually around Woodward Park.

There will be a catered rest stop where the Tidewater and Yosemite intersect, said Alvarado.

The finish line is back at Library Park.

There is no time limit.

Registration is $25, which includes a T-shirt, raffle tickets and a plate at the post-ride BBQ at the park.

Alvarado said he’s willing to work with participants who can’t afford the $25 registration fee.

“Money is great, but we’d rather have your presence,” he said. “We don’t want people to pass up the opportunity to do something because of the money.

“We’d love to have a big crowd of kids moving through Manteca on skateboards and have people asking ‘What’s going?’ ”

If the season’s previous events are any indication, Ride the Tide could see a record turnout.

Alvarado was overwhelmed the support and generosity shown to him and Boarding for Breast Cancer at the Paint and Destroy art show in late September. The auction netted the non-profit more than $6,000.

In its first three years, Ride the Tide has averaged a little more than 100 participants. Alvarado hopes for a record turnout. He’s already received confirmation from two out-of-area teams, Cali Longboards (Lincoln) and Tahoe Longboards.

The post-ride festivities will also feature an information booth hosted by Boarding for Breast Cancer. There, visitors can learn more about self-examinations.

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