Massachusetts Patch October 4, 2018

Author Reveals the Riches of Adventure Cycling - At Any Age


DEDHAM, MA - Author & Philanthropist Carrie Morgridge is making a one-time appearance in the Boston area this fall to promote her book"The Spirit of the Trail: The Journey to Fulfillment along the Continental Divide," which chronicles the life-altering, 2,800-mile bicycling expedition on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR,) which she took with her husband, John, during the summer of 2016. The book serves as an inspirational guide for anyone who is curious about stepping out of their comfort zone and facing a formidable challenge. Morgridge's talk "The Bike Trip of a Lifetime" will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. in Dedham at Blue Bunny Books in 577 High St. in historic Dedham Square.

Morgridge will be accompanied by Jim Sayer, Executive Director of the Adventure Cycling Association who will speak briefly about his organization. The Morgridge Family Foundation published the book to help raise funds and awareness for the Adventure Cycling Association, the premier bicycle-travel organization in North America with more than 53,000 members. Established in 1973, the nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association is dedicated to inspiring, empowering and connecting people to travel by bicycle. Along with thousands of Boston-area members of the Adventure Cycling Association, other local biking organizations are helping promote the upcoming event, including MassBike and Charles River Wheelers.

Dedham-area biking enthusiasts are also excited about Morgridge's upcoming presentation and book event. The historic Dedham Cycle Club, established in 1894, was part of the emerging biking craze that originally swept the nation after the invention of the world's first safety bicycle by English inventor John Kemp Starley in 1885. In the late 1800's, Dedham hosted a biking event that drew over 8000 bicyclists, which featured a 100-mile ride around Boston and the South Shore over two days.

Dedham Bike, a local biking retail shop has also been local witness of the early biking movement, as their website explains, "Bicycles have been sold out of 403 Washington St. since the the turn of the 1900s and at one time was a leather shop that serviced the U.S. Cavalry back in the day."

Morgridge's love of biking and tenacious spirit is in good company around Boston. 1894, Bostonian Annie "Londonderry" Kopchovsky took up a challenge by local businessmen who wagered $20,000 that no woman could travel around the world on a bicycle, with $5,000 in prize money going to the woman that accomplished the feat. Annie, who was 5' 3" and 100 pounds - defied them all and won the prize.

It's clear that the spirit of the biking trail - traversed by strong, determined women - continues to this day.

About the Morgridge Family Foundation

Carrie Morgridge serves as the Vice President and Chief Disruptor of The Morgridge Family Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to invest in transformative gifts. Carrie is the award-winning author of "Every Gift Matters – How Your Passion Can Change the World."

The Morgridge Family Foundation makes investments that transform communities by creating opportunity for individuals through our nonprofit partners. The Foundation has taken a leadership-funding role in projects with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, National Jewish Health, University of Central Florida, University of Denver, Mile High United Way, KIPP Schools nationwide, The Nature Conservancy, and Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando, Fla.

Carrie and her husband John created the Student Support Foundation, a national organization that inspires youth philanthropy. For the past decade, they have celebrated and advanced the educator profession by creating mindSpark Learning which is focused on empowering educators to tackle the most challenging conditions in their schools through Design Thinking and other strategies.

Carrie speaks nationally to education advocacy forums, at poverty alleviation conferences, and many convenings, globally, that are philanthropically focused. She divides her time between Colorado and Florida. She and John have two children who both reside in Denver. Web: