From:                                         Russell A. Mawn

Sent:                                           May 23, 2017 1:26 PM

To:                                               Team Mawn Supporters and Participants

Subject:                                     Brain Tumor Ride 2017 Wrap-up


Greetings all:

The blue sky of Sunday could not have been more glorious.

Such a wonderful day to gather and celebrate/remember Tom & James Mawn.

Tom & James Mawn


Our Washington DC contingent rode the 40-mile route.

At the Concord Courthouse

Mike Grace, Russ Mawn, Dorothy Mawn, John Pollock

One member got some bonus miles in, not paying close enough attention to a sign signaling a turn left.

Yes, you know it was me that got in the bonus miles, but this time it was only 2.5 bonus miles.

John and Mike got to the finish ahead of me wondering where I was.

They were expecting to see me as they approached the finish; usually I get in and grab my cow bell and cheer on everyone coming along the way.

Even with my bonus miles I had a tremendous ride.  My average speed was 17 MPH.

That’s moving along at a pretty good clip.


Rusty’s girlfriend Kathleen was at the Concord Courthouse with my mother cheering on the team.

Dorothy Mawn, Rusty Mawn, Kathleen Oshima

Sisters Beth and Martha were there also, along with Beth’s husband Bobby and sons Bobby and Tommy.

I so much appreciate seeing them there with Mom year after year. 

It warms my heart and gives me inspiration to keep pedaling.

Larry & Benjamin Mawn

When I say we could not have had a better day, I mean we could not have had a better day.

We started off with cool temperatures in the low/mid 50’s and ended the day with the temperature reaching almost 70.

This is cycling heaven.

The intersections were well marked and busy intersections had police stopping traffic for cyclists to cruise through.


Our route this year seemed even more splendid than ever. 

The rolling hills felt easier than ever before.

The farms were planted and growing.

Villages were bustling.

Stately homes were well appointed and maintained.

Boarding schools were impressive with their facilities.

Farm stands offered up spring flowers and seedling for planting and all were shining in the bright sun.


Everyone on Team Mawn made the ride without incident.

We had young riders and some more experienced riders.

Concord Courthouse

Justin Thomas, Kelley Munsell, Dorothy Mawn, Mike Kosicki, James Mawn III, James Mawn Jr., Wally Sullivan


Mike Grace takes home the Ancient Mariner Award

Mike is 73 and is one of the strongest riders I know.

My cousin Jimmy’s son Ryan who is 3 takes the Rookie of The Year.

Ryan – Rookie of The Year


As a special treat for riders and volunteers, my brother Tom (who is a beekeeper) sent 8 ounce bottles of “Black Gold” honey as a thank you to all.

James Mawn III could be seen chugging honey straight from the bottle at the Team reception afterwards.


Words can’t do justice to the day.


Thank you to everyone for your ongoing participation and generous support.

You helped the team raise over $35,000.

This money is going directly to the defeat GBM initiative of the National Brain Tumor Society.

My sincerest thanks.