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Ride the Tide Saturday helps breast cancer fight
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As a skateboarder, Frank Alvarado has participated in his share of events promoting cancer awareness and prevention throughout the West Coast during the past year.

The Manteca resident is now turning his attention to home.

The inaugural “Ride the Tide” is planned for Saturday along the Tidewater Bike Path. He’s inviting skateboarders, bike riders, roller skaters, runners and walkers to participate in a 13-mile relay through Manteca.

An entry fee of $25 will include a sponsor goodie bag along with an event Tt-shirt.

“Yet no one will be turned away because of finances,” said Alvarado of Vida Loca Skateboards on Wednesday.

He’s hoping for at least 100 participants to take part in the Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) event, with hopes of securing $10,000 in charitable donations.

More importantly, Alvarado and the other “Ride the Tide” organizers – included are board of director Geanette Floyd and Jenn Strootman –  are looking to promote cancer awareness while encouraging  the community to focus on prevention and hope through a more active lifestyle.

“Locally, we lost so many loved ones to cancer just this past year,” Alvarado said. “That’s why we wanted to do something for Manteca.”

Last year, he was part of a group of close-knit friends who lost loved ones to breast cancer, and embarked on a journey to share that message of awareness, prevention and hope.

As Team Manteca, Alvarado along with Scott McClellan participated in the B4BC events consisting of “Skate the Lake” in Lake Tahoe and “Skate the Coast.”

They’re planning to take part in both events this summer.

The “Ride the Tide” event is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The relay will kick off at 10:30 in Library Park. The awards ceremony is set for 2 o’clock.  

Registration is also planned throughout the day on Friday at 607 W. Yosemite Ave.

This event promises to be one of many offered to promote and support wellness in the community.

For more information, call Alvarado at 209-482-2115 or visit www.ridethetide.org or www.vidalocaskateboards.com.