Pedal for a Cause: Coldwell Banker’s Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism

If you’re on the lookout for the ultimate summer adventure, and are all about supporting a good cause, then you might be interested in learning more about Coldwell Banker’s Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism in support of the Autism Council of Utah.

Coldwell Banker is proud to be the premier sponsor of the Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism, a casual, family-friendly ride along the Legacy Parkway trail. All money raised will go directly to the Autism council of Utah.

Registration is only $30 for adults and $5 for children. Following the bike ride, Coldwell Banker will team up with the SaharaCares Foundation for their Carnival for Autism, which is free of charge.

After last year’s inaugural Parkway Pedal event, the Coldwell Banker Community Foundation donated over $10,000 to the Autism Council of Utah to support families in need. This year, Coldwell Banker hopes to double that donation. And with support from our friends, clients and sponsors, we can reach that goal.

Join Coldwell Banker for a day of biking, food, music and family fun – all in support of a great cause. Register today at ParkwayPedal.com.

We’ll be updating this page with everything you need to know about the Parkway Pedal and the Autism Council of Utah between now and the event, so be sure to check back often.

Coldwell Banker’s Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism Zips Past Its Goal

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Another one for the books! Coldwell Banker’s Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism was a huge success this year and we couldn’t be any prouder. The celebration, which took place on Saturday, August 27, at the Davis Legacy Event Center in Farmington, raised over $20,000 for the Autism Council of Utah – that’s double the amount that was raised in last year’s event.

Read more about the fun time here.

Final Countdown

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Get your helmet, biking shoes and knee guards ready for a day of incredible cycling at tomorrow’s Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism!

And while we’re all counting down to the big day, you can start prepping for the event right now to ensure that you’ll ride your best!

Here are some last minute tips that will get you ready to ride like the wind:

  1. Get a good night sleep
  2. Eat a hearty breakfast that’s easily digestible (toast with almond butter or jelly, yogurt, oatmeal made with water and non-dairy smoothies are all great options)
  3. Pack plenty of fluids (water and Gatorade)
  4. Pack snacks (granola bar, dried fruit, nuts, etc.)
  5. Arrive early to avoid unnecessary stress
  6. Stretch a few minutes before the race

And for when you’re peddling off, here are a few pedal safety DOs and DON’Ts:

DO:

  • hold a steady line through corners
  • communicate road hazards to riders nearby
  • watch body language to anticipate where other riders might go

DON’T

  • slow abruptly or slam on the breaks
  • make erratic movements (but you should always expect others to do so)
  • stop or swerve after the finish line

We hope to see you on the trail tomorrow!

Bike Giveaway

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In addition to the bike ride and carnival, Parkway Pedal attendees will also have a chance to win spectacular mountain bikes through a raffle contest at the Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism.

Thanks to the generous donations of Bingham Cyclery and Chris Jensen, President of Coldwell Banker Utah, two adult Electra Brand Cruisers with gears, retailing at $600 each, will be up for grabs.

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And kids will also be able to get in on the raffle fun. Four children’s bikes donated by Duane and Kathlene Koyle of the Coldwell Banker Orem office will also be given away.

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To participate in the raffle, all you need to do is register for the Parkway Pedal and you will automatically receive one ticket.

If you’re not planning on being a part of the ride, but would still like to enter the contest – or if you’d like to increase your odds of winning – don’t worry, there’s a way for you to be the winner of an amazing new ride.

During the month leading up to the event, Coldwell Banker Sales Associates may purchase “opportunity tickets” for friends, family and clients at Coldwell Banker sales meetings and the golf tournament taking place the day before Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism.

You may also purchase tickets on the day of the event at the Carnival for Autism.

Tickets for the adult bikes are 4 for $20 and tickets for kids’ bikes are $2 each.

The winners will be drawn at random during the Carnival for Autism following the bike ride.

All proceeds of the registration and bike contest will go to the Autism Council of Utah.

Good luck on winning a brand new bike!

Family Fun at the Carnival

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Coldwell Banker decided to add a little something extra to its Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism. While the event is still centered on traditional bike riding, there will now be a Carnival for Autism awaiting riders once they complete their route.

Music, food trucks, games and festivities centered around family fun will all be going on starting at 11 am at the Davis Legacy Event Center. Make sure to bring your towels and swimsuits because a water park area will be set up to cool off from the heat.

Coldwell Banker partnered with SaharaCares for their Carnival for Autism, a wonderful celebration that encourages everyone to attend – no matter what age or biking ability one has.

Coldwell Banker is very grateful to be working with SaharaCares, a non-profit organization that focuses on programs and projects that involves children at risk. These children can be seriously ill and/or from a financially challenged family who otherwise could not participate in typical childhood activities.

By participating in events like the March of Dimes, donating to elementary schools and scholarship programs, building projects for local charities and participating in the Carnival for Autism, SaharaCares has really made in a difference in the local community.

We hope you’ll join us for this outdoor celebration!

Click here to learn more about the Parkway Pedal and to register for the event.

Show Your Support with Cool Swag!

To further support the Autism Council of Utah, Coldwell Banker will be selling cool swag that will surely get you in the pedaling spirit!

For $70, you can purchase a Parkway Pedal Jersey that will have you looking and feeling good. These jerseys from Blackbottoms Cyclewear are the perfect item for a day on the trail.

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And don’t forget the socks! Cool navy blue Coldwell Banker cycling socks are also available for $9 to add to your cycling collection.

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Click here to look your best at the Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism.

Looking to Help without the Peddling?

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If you’re all about helping the cause but don’t feel comfortable participating in the ride, then don’t worry – there are plenty of ways you can participate in this year’s Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism other than riding a bike.

One way is to be right in the action and volunteer. Event organizers are seeking volunteers that will help out with parking, setting up tents for the vendors, registration and selling raffle tickets.

This is a great way to gain experience with event planning, mingle with guests, and to support a vital organization in the community.

If you prefer to give back in another way, you can always donate an amount of your choosing to the cause.

For more information on volunteering and donations, go to ParkwayPedal.com or contact Cody Strate at cody.strate@utahhomes.com or 801-971-5216.

Did You Know: A Snapshot of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Utah

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Autism affects people all over the country, and unfortunately, Utah is one of the states that has the highest percentage of children with the disorder.

The Utah Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (UT-ADDM) program, a program that has been tracking the characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Utah, has provided the findings they have collected over the last four years.

Let’s take a look.

  • About 1 in 58 or 1.7{b0691beea1c2f39bd1c58efe4ba0816740a602e2685bc83cc0a70ecfa3fcdf10} of 8-year-old children were identified with ASD by UT-ADDM in 2012.
  • Boys were 4.3 times more likely to be identified with ASD than girls.
  • White children were 1.3 times more likely to be identified with ASD than Hispanic children.
  • Among children identified with ASD who had IQ scores available, 20{b0691beea1c2f39bd1c58efe4ba0816740a602e2685bc83cc0a70ecfa3fcdf10} also had an intellectual disability.
  • About 81{b0691beea1c2f39bd1c58efe4ba0816740a602e2685bc83cc0a70ecfa3fcdf10} of children identified with ASD had concerns about their development noted in their health and/or education records by age 3 years.
  • About 38{b0691beea1c2f39bd1c58efe4ba0816740a602e2685bc83cc0a70ecfa3fcdf10} of children identified with ASD received a comprehensive developmental evaluation by age 3 years.
  • Even though ASD can be diagnosed as early as age 2 years, about half of children were not diagnosed with ASD by a community provider until after age 4 years and 2 months.

To read more findings by the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring program click here.

A Few Videos for Inspiration

Take a look at what the upcoming Parkway for Pedal Ride for Autism is all about! You’ll hear from our Coldwell Banker team, riders and sponsors, and you’ll also learn about autism in Utah and how this event plays a huge part in addressing and helping out the cause.

All About the Autism Council of Utah

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Providing access to resources and information for individuals who have, or are affected by autism, is the mission of the Autism Council of Utah, an independent council that works with autistic individuals of all ages and their families, to help them live happy and healthy lives.

The organization was created in 2005, when a group of parents decided to create a safe haven for families to talk about their experiences in a positive and supportive environment.

Now, a core group of parents, professionals, organizations, and agencies across the state are part of the fantastic organization and provide support to other groups and agencies and help maintain and improve services and resources for people with autism in Utah.

Some of Autism Council of Utah’s projects include:

  • Sponsoring and co-sponsoring several autism conferences, trainings and workshops, most recently the Family Links Conferences, Autism and Faith Summit and Keeping it Safe: Managing Difficult Behaviors
  • Representing ACU in several arenas such as the Utah Autism Initiative, Governor’s Commission for Early Childhood Development, DSPD Lifespan Respite Coalition, Special Care Advisory Board, Special Educator, pediatric grand rounds and the Utah Council for Exceptional Children (to name a few)
  • Initiating special projects such as the Autism Specialty License Plate, DVDs such as Autism and Faith and Law Enforcement Training, as well as legislative education

With autism affecting so many individuals in the state today, it is imperative that there be an organization like this one that addresses the challenges of this condition and also provides a support system to those who are affected.

Coldwell Banker is proud to be supporting such an amazing organization through the Parkway for Pedal Ride for Autism event.

Click here for more information and to register for the event.

Use Your Pedal Power and Make a Difference

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Coldwell Banker is a huge believer in giving back to the community and supporting local causes.

Each year, the Coldwell Banker Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Coldwell Banker, supports charities and programs that give back to the people of Utah in an effort to enrich the community an enhance lives through health and human services.

And the Parkway Pedal does just that. In addition to offering a great way for attendees to get some exercise while enjoying the outdoors and having a blast, the Parkway Pedal is also about helping the local community, specifically Utah’s autistic population.

Autism affects one in every 68 children born in the country, and for Utah, that number is much higher. Approximately one in every 54 children in the state is born with this condition and that means that the community is in dire need of assistance and funding to help families cope with the challenge of having an autistic child.

The condition affects the brain’s growth and development leading individuals to have difficulties with communication and social interaction. The symptoms are usually detected in early childhood and unfortunately, many kids and their families struggle with learning how to best handle this condition.

Knowing that autism affects many families across the state, the Foundation decided to host an annual event that supports this large segment of the population. For the second straight year, the Foundation is partnering with the Autism Council of Utah in hopes of raising money and awareness for this condition. All proceeds from the Parkway Pedal proceeds will be donated to the Autism Council of Utah and go directly to helping families in need.

Last year, the Foundation donated over $10,000 to Autism Council of Utah. This year, Coldwell Banker hopes to double that donation.

The Autism Council of Utah is one of the state’s most notable non-profit organizations that helps families with this struggle, and when the Coldwell Banker Community Foundation came up with the idea of helping those with autism, they knew that the Autism Council of Utah would be the ideal partner in this fight.

“I am so proud that Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is stepping up to make a difference in the lives of others in our local community through our support of the Autism Council of Utah,” said Chris Jensen, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

“Autism affects so many children in our state that chances are most everyone has been impacted by this illness or knows someone who has,” he explained. “Now is the chance for all us to do something about battling autism and supporting those who are dealing with this illness.”

Jensen added that it costs a family with an autistic child an average of $60,000 a year to provide care for their loved ones.

You can help by taking part in the ride, getting sponsors for donations or serving as a volunteer for the upcoming event. For more information please visit parkwaypedal.com or contact Cody Strate at (801) 971-5216, cody.strate@utahhomes.com, or Dan Taylor at (801) 512-4200, dan.taylor@utahhomes.com.

A special thank you to this year’s sponsors, Doug Smith Subaru, Axiom Financial, Yesco Signs and Bingham Cyclery, who will be offering free tune ups at the event and is giving away a bike.

Click here to register for Coldwell Banker’s Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism.

We hope you’ll be just as inspired as we are to support this cause all while having a fantastic time!

What to Expect on Race Day

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The Parkway Pedal will start and finish at the Davis Legacy Event Center, 151 S 1100 W in Farmington, just west of Station Park.

The trails provide a hard-surfaced walkway without any street crossings, and are full of gorgeous sights to see all while feeling an aura of incredible peacefulness.

Riders may choose from a variety of routes that are designed for all levels from beginners to elite. Riders may go at their own pace and for as long or a short a distance as they wish. As long as you’re down for the ride, it doesn’t matter what age or experience level you have.

After the race, Coldwell Banker will partner with the Sahara Cares Foundation and its Carnival for Autism, which hosts nearly 3,500 people. Once cyclists finish their route, they can celebrate the cause with an outdoor celebration filled with music, food and various games and festivities all centered around family fun. The carnival is free of charge and you don’t need to participate in the ride to enjoy the carnival – all are welcome.

Please join us for this incredible cause!

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About the Author:

Michelle Quintero is a passionate writer who enjoys documenting and learning about the world through different forms of communication. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University who specialized in Broadcast Communication Arts. Along with her knowledge of broadcasting, she is also specialized in conveying messages through other platforms, such as social media, blogs, and news writing. Michelle has always had a fascination with real estate and is looking forward to writing for Coldwell Banker.

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