Dr. Kyle Denison Martin, an experienced long-distance cyclist, rode across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula in one day on Saturday, July 26th.
It took approximately 18 hours for Martin to complete the "Mitten Ride", which requires cycling 232 miles from Muskegon to Detroit. He made the trip to raise research funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and to honor his dad, Deni, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 10 years ago. As of 9 p.m. today (July 28), Martin had raised $1,280 toward his $3,100 goal.
Taking on long-distance challenges that require endurance and determination is nothing new to Martin, who is a second-year resident in emergency medicine at Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals. In 2011, he rode across the United States with Dr. Jeff Crawford and Dr. Clayton Bell to raise more than $30,000 for the Cloud Forest Medical Clinic in the mountains of Haiti.
They started in Oakland, California and rode 3,100 miles in 37 days to Charleston, South Carolina. To commemorate their achievement, they dipped their bicycles in the Pacific Ocean at the beginning of the trip and repeated the process in the Atlantic Ocean at the end of their journey.
In 2012, Martin helped establish and participated in the three-day “Run Haiti” ultra-marathon. It is a 60-mile event through the cities and the mountains of this third-world nation. It was held to raise funds for Haiti Medical Missions of Memphis. Martin continues to participate in the ultra-marathon each year as it grows in interest and raises funds for medical treatment and relief efforts in Haiti
The “Mitten Ride” may have been Martin's most demanding endeavor. When riding across the U.S. in the summer of 2011, the cyclists averaged at least 100 miles a day with planned stops to share information about their work in Haiti. On Saturday Martin did not have other cyclists to “draft” during the ride. Riding at a 12.6 miles-per-hour pace, he reached the Detroit River at approximately 10:20 p.m.
Though the plan called for Deni Martin to ride the final mile with his son, Kyle's dad was unable to participate due to muscle spasms in his right leg. Father and son joined Deni's wife Lori, Kyle's girlfriend Chelsea and Henry the dog and navigator for a small celebration at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit.
Click on the name Michael J. Fox Foundation if you are interested in helping Kyle, his dad and Team Fox in finding a cure for Parkinson's disease.