Happy 65th Birthday Bike Fundraiser!

Honoring my dad while going the extra mile for an important non-profit organization Learn More
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September 27, 2020 would have been Steve Reelitz's 65th birthday. Ten years and three days prior to this day, Steve, my dad, left this earth. I've thought of him every day over the last 10 years. 

A decade ago, I was en route from Tucson, AZ to El Paso, TX when I got news that my dad passed. I was scheduled to ride the metric century Chile Pepper Challenge in Texas and New Mexico that weekend. I never made it to that ride. And, my life was forever changed. 

Every year that I'm able, I try to go for a bike ride around my dad's birthday. This year, there will be no Honolulu Century Ride but there will be another event: The Ride of the Century, where riders sign up for a mileage challenge that must be done between September 25-October 4. To celebrate his 65th birthday and to commemorate 10 years without him on this earth, I am going big with a goal of 200 miles in 10 days and raising money for an organization that means a great deal to me. 

If you can find it in your heart and wallets to donate even a little, it would mean the world. You can do $1 for every year since he graced this earth ($65 total) or $10 for every year he's been gone ($100 total) or any other random amount. Any little bit helps supports Hawaii Bicycling League and propels me in my journey to ride 200 miles in 10 days for 10 years without my dearly departed dad. 

More information about Hawaii Bicycling League is available below.


As Oʻahu’s oldest and largest cycling organization, Hawaii Bicycling League is working hard to achieve our mission of “enabling more people to bicycle for health, recreation, and transportation through advocacy, education, and events”.

We advocate for bicycle-friendly, safer street changes, including laws to protect people on bikes and other vulnerable road users, more bikeways and Complete Streets, as well as the policies and funding to make Hawaii a bicycle paradise.

We educate bicyclists and motorists on how to safely share our roads and to ensure anyone that wants to bike is empowered to bike. We educate over 8,000 4th graders on Oahu every year, growing the next generation of cyclists.

We host events both big and small to get people bicycling and bring together a community around the love of cycling.

All funds raised will go toward HBL’s advocacy and education efforts to make Hawaiʻi’s streets safer for all.

Melanie Killam
Thanks for doing this. A great way to honor someone by supporting a great non-profit group.
Rick and Lori $100.00
ORD Reelitz Ohana
...ten for ten and another 27 cuz that's the number of both of our angels tomorrow.
Karen Cherone $50.00
Contreras Ohana
You got this Opu!!
Johanna Farmer
Have a wonderful ride!
Wallsgrove Cummins gang
You got this, Mama!
Margaret (Mags) Maurice
It’s not much, but I wanted to help! You’ve been rocking your bike rides! I’m so glad we connected on ww to support each other. So proud of you, friend!
Robert Catuara
Just to make sure you're 100%.
Robert Catuara
100% Goal!
Stacey Acma
Inspired by you every day! Mahalo for all you do to make Riding with Aloha so special.
Rachel $50.00
Eli and I are cheering for you!
So glad you can support cycling in Hawaii and commemorate your dad with this!!
Aunty Lei
Loving memory of my brother's and my 65th birthdays. You go girl, love you.
Jen, Matt & Penelope
We are so proud of you! We know your dad will be with you on your ride. Love you!
Erica Yamauchi
Love you friend xo
Can't believe it has been 10 years. Your dad would be so proud of the woman you are the mama you are to your kiddos. Love you.
Anna Gentry
Wish I could give more! Love you so much.
Sarah Shaffer
Happy Birthday Keopu! Love from Pete, Sarah and Amanda in Tucson
What a beautiful way to honor your dad. Sending love and support. Wishing you a great ride; can't wait to hear all about it! ❤️

August 17, 2020 12:57 AM

I set a goal for 60 miles this week, and I did it! Next week I'll go for 75

August 15, 2020 4:07 AM

My running path is shutdown, so that means replace runs with rides!  We're only 42 days away from the start of the Ride if the Century. My focus right now is to get in the saddle more and increase mileage over time. I'll need an average of 20 miles a day to hit my goal. I'm about 35 of 60 miles done so far this week. 

August 2, 2020 6:13 PM

I haven't forgotten my wonderful supporters. We just recently finished moving over the mountain, so that's eaten up a lot of my fundraising update time. 

I just wanted to let everyone know that Hawaii Bicycling League has cancelled the Honolulu Century Ride. In its place though, they've put together an awesome event that I'm excited about. We will have 10 days -- from Sept. 25-Oct. 4 -- to reach a mileage goal of our choice. Although 100 miles was an option, I thought that wasn't challenging enough since I had planned to do it in one day. Instead I thought I'd double my goal and go for 200 miles. 

Thanks everyone for the support so far. Even with the move, I've already gone on a couple 25-mile rides. I'll keep you posted with all the training to come in the next 2 months.

July 1, 2020 2:50 AM

I did my first official training ride for the Century this week. It was a short, hot 16 miles, but it felt good. There are only 88 more days until the big day!  

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