Posts by Melanie Aronhalt

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Melanie Aronhalt

Melanie is the Director of Volunteer Services at Denver Rescue Mission. She has been riding a bike ever since she was a little kid! More recently, she participated in the Tri for the Cure sprint triathlon in 2005 and 2011. Melanie definitely took her cycling to a new level when she signed up to be a Rescue Rider in December of 2015. She's excited to be a part of the team as they represent Denver Rescue Mission and changing lives in the name of Christ. She's also looking forward to the scenery as they tour around beautiful Colorado.

Adventures of a Rescue Rider :: Day 3

Day 3 - Mel blog 1For the past few days, starting between 4 – 4:30 am, our routine has been: wake up, don our Rescue Rider jerseys, slip into our cycling shoes and strap on our helmets.  By 5 or 5:30 am, we’re ready to jump in the saddle of our trusty steeds. Then, we pedal ALL DAY!  Occasionally, we stop for breaks to catch our breath, munch on a few snacks and down some much needed fluids, then we ride some more!

It has been exhilarating to be outside and moving all day. Even though I did most of my training and preparation alone, this experience made me realize it is not an individual event. To accomplish the seemingly impossible task of cycling 750-miles through the mountains of Colorado, it takes support. And lots of it!

Day 3 - Mel blog 2It started with my husband, who supported me every step (pedal) of the way.  He provided encouragement and was a source of strength through the days and months of rigorous training. Also, many friends, family members and co-workers stepped up to provide assistance.  Whether contributing financially (to help meet our $100,000 fundraising goal to provide 52,083 meals) or cheering me on with supportive texts and words of encouragement. Additionally, our rider support crew has been lifting my spirits with high-fives.  At one point, they even prayed for me over the loud speaker as I made a strenuous straight uphill climb! My fellow riders have pulled and pushed me farther than I ever thought I could go. Without their support, I know I could not do it!

And that is what Denver Rescue Mission provides for our guests and program participants – support. Nobody can do it alone. We all need support and a helping hand.  Denver Rescue Mission provides resources to support people in our community who are struggling.  Warm meals, overnight shelter and life-changing programs aid those in need to get back on their feet and become productive, self-sufficient citizens. Life is not an individual event- we all need a little help and support!