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High Point State Park to Cape May, NJ in a DAY

Claire’s Ride for A Reason 2007 Cycling Event was an AWESOME EVENT. The bike tour, a 207 mile ride, from High Point State Park to Cape May, was completed in just under 12 hours (riding time).

In all, 7 Cyclists participated in the event which left from High Point State Park at about 6 a.m. and arrived at the Lighthouse in Cape May, NJ at about 9:30 p.m. Don Tomaszewski, Gene Buonomo and Bladdymir Coronel made it portal to portal (the entire 207 miles). In all, the riders accumulated over 1075 miles between 7 of them.

There was a bit of a chill (51 degrees) at the start but not cold enough to diminish the spirit of our cyclists. The chill soon gave way to a beautiful sunny day for a 200 mile ride. The day was just PERFECT! We couldn't have asked for better conditions. It was as if our Angel Claire was looking out for us (and she was).

Outside of a minor cycling collision (unsure if things got a little competitive between our lead cyclists), an 8 mile detour as the result of a missed turn, 5 flat tires and the sun going down leaving us in complete darkness, the event was an awesome experience with all cyclists posting personal bests for total mileage. The three cyclists who rode the entire distance averaged 17.4 mph while the others were not far behind at about 15.6 mph. That is an awesome pace for the number of miles put in. To all our riders....Congratulations for a job well done!!!!!

Don Tomaszewski
Gene Buonomo
Larry Sigua
Bladdymir Coronel
Ryan Roskilly
Laura Haftek
John Burke

The success of the day would not have been possible without the support of our "SAG" Wagons and staff. To continually ride around checking on all our cyclists, making sure they were hydrated and fueled and most importantly keeping us on route. A SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to:

Maryann Tomaszewski
Carly Tomaszewski
Katy Tomaszewski
Ron Roskilly

Thank you to Tracey Buonomo and Steven Tomaszewski for being at the Cape May Lighthouse to welcome all the riders as they completed the High Point to Cape May in a Day Ride to Raise Awareness to SUDC in the name of Claire Tomaszewski. Another Special Thank You goes out to all our sponsors who unselfishly supported our cause in a variety of ways. Please visit our Sponsor Page to see who they are and don't forget to patronize those establishments.

Please don't forget that although this year's cycling event is completed we ask that all our website visitors and friends continue to RAISE AWARENESS to SUDC in the name of Claire Elizabeth Tomaszewski and if possible, forward any donations to

Claires Ride for A Reason/CJF
and mail to
Claire's Ride for A Reason
c/o 27 Pequot Road
Ringwood, NJ 07456

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The 2007 Comedy Night
Proceeds from this fundraiser will directly support the
Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) program.
A program of the CJ Foundation for SIDS.

Claire's Ride for a Reason

Raising Awareness and Support for SUDC                             
Claire Elizabeth Tomaszewski was a precious, happy, perfectly healthy little girl at age 2.  She had a mild ear infection and upset stomach with typical kid stuff symptoms on a Wednesday and died in her mommy’s arms on Friday morning, October 24, 2003. Her cause of death remains unexplained and has been categorized as SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood).

SUDC occurs in children beyond the age of twelve months.  The cause of death remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation and autopsy. SUDC is a diagnosis of exclusion, in other words, a diagnosis of SUDC is made when other causes of death are not identified after a thorough evaluation. SUDC is not new, but it is very rare.  Its incidence is approximately 1 death per 100,000 children.  In comparison, the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is 50 times more common.The SUDC Program was created in September 2001 as part of the CJ Foundation for SIDS.  It was developed to provide a centralized resource for information, support, research and advocacy.  It serves families and professionals affected by the tragedy of SUDC, and promotes awareness of SUDC in communities.Don and Maryann Tomaszewski will be sponsoring the Second-Annual Claire’s Ride for a Reason in June 2007, a benefit for the SUDC Program held in memory of their daughter. This years event will include a cycling tour from the northern tip of NJ to its' southern tip.

All funds raised in Claire’s honor will be presented to the CJ Foundation for the advancement of SUDC research and the funding of family support services



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