Sunday was the 19th annual Providence Bridge Pedal Ride in Portland and you couldn’t have asked for a better morning. The ride was 18,000 strong with the Healthy ‘n Fit pediatric weight management program this year being the beneficiary. Healthy ‘n Fit is an 8-week weight management program designed for young people ages 8 to 15 years old. In a fun, active group setting, kids learn about nutrition and physical activity. Registered dietitians and fitness specialists teach kids – together with their parents – about food, weight, exercise and body issues.

I rode with my “team” and we did the 10 bridge/33 mile ride, with the incentive that brunch at Brix Tavern was ahead of us at the finish line.

bridge 1

The Marquam Bridge is my favorite stop on the ride, providing a great view of the downtown Portland skyline. It was early enough in the ride that I still had a smile on my face!

bridge pedal 2

By the finish line the smile was still on my face but it looks like my shirt wasn’t going to last!

bridge 3

August 9, 2015 will be the 20th Annual Ride and it will be part of the inaugural event on Portland’s newest Willamette River bridge: Tilikum Crossing—Bridge of the People. I hope to see you there!

Donald R. Dexter, Jr., DMD