Why are we pushing our skateboards across America?
In October of 2012 my father, and Dylan's grandfather, Jack Smith, passed away due to complications from Alzheimer's Disease. We are making this push in his honor and to raise awareness and $100,000 to help fund care, support and research in the fight against Alzheimer's.
On July 4th, 2013, our five person team, ranging in age from 20 to 56 will come together to push our skateboards 3,000 miles from Newport, Oregon to New York City, New York in a little over three weeks.
Two Ways to Fund the Push:
We are taking a two-pronged approach to reaching our goal of raising $100,000. By sponsoring A Push to Remember - Skateboarding Across America to End Alzheimer's team, you will help get the wheels in motion. When we're on the road, we'll be raising funds and awareness as we make our way East. Any financial support not used to fuel our cross-country efforts will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association.
With a donation directly to the Alzheimer's Association, you can help to fund the care, support and research and our shared vision of a future without Alzheimer's disease, an epidemic affecting more than five million Americans in 2013. One in three seniors dies with some form of dementia and, currently, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease every 68 seconds. Without a cure, that number will change to 'every 33 seconds' within the next 30 years.
Supporting the team:
Getting our five skaters and support crew across the country is an expensive undertaking. We are trying to raise $10,000 to cover our expenses which includes lodging, meals, fuel, and insurance. We are also soliciting product and monetary sponsorship from skateboard and non-skateboard related companies.
After the completion of the push, any remaining funds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association.
You can directly support the team by making a donation through this Indiegogo campaign.
Direct Contribution to the Alzheimer's Association:
Other Ways You Can Help:
We understand that you may not be able to contribute financially, so we would like to let you you know about other ways you can help.
Share the A Push to Remember - Skateboarding Across America to End Alzheimer's campaign with your friends, relatives and co-workers. This is easy to do by using the Indiegogo share tools!
Share the link to the ALZ.org website.
Spend some time with a person who is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, or offer your help to a caregiver.
Meet the team:
Jack Smith is the publisher of the Skateboarder's Journal, founder/curator of the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and also the Marketing Director for VS Athletics.
Dylan Smith attends college in Colorado and is an avid longboarder who races in downhill and distance events.
Melanie Castro started competing in push races in 2010 and has never placed lower than third. She is sponsored by Bustin boards.
Marc Juvinall has skated across america twice, and set the one mile skateboard push record in 2011 and then lowered the record to 3 minutes and 46 seconds in 2012. His sponsors include Bustin, Riptide Bushings, Liquid Sky Sports and Xtreme Board Shop.
Colleen Pelech holds the womens record for skateboarding 167 miles in 24 hours. She will graduate this spring from Stevens Institute of Technology with an Mechanical Engineering degree. She skates for Blue Sky Longboards, Seismic Skate Systems and REY Trucks.
A bit of long distance skateboarding history:
In 2003, I skateboarded across America as part of the Skateboarding Across
America - On Board for Lowe Syndrome team. Lowe Syndrome is an extremely rare syndrome that claimed the life of Jack's oldest son, Jack Marshall Smith in May of 2003. The team of Nick Krest, Scott Kam, Josh Maready and myself established a new world record of 21 days.
In 1984 Paul Dunn, Bob Denike, Gary Fluitt and myself broke the world skateboard distance record by skating across America in 26 days, six days faster than the first transcontinental skateboard crossing in 1976 made by Jeff French, Mike Filben and myself.
The 1984 trip is also the answer to a question in the 20th Anniversary
Edition of Trivial Pursuit.
After a ceremonial start in my hometown of Morro Bay, California, the
team will drive to our starting point in Newport, Oregon. Their route will
take them through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania And New York. Approximately three weeks and 3,000 miles later they will arrive in New York City, New York.
Follow us as we skateboard across America:
Video and text updates will be posted throughout the day to the A Push To Remember Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.