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Livin’ the dream by racing this year in “The Baja”‘s 40th anniversary!

Posted by direwolff on October 13, 2007

How cool is this? One of my college fraternity brothers, Jonathan Knight (aka. “JK”) and a childhood buddy of his from Pittsburgh, PA, Hank Burgoyne, Esq. (had to give Hank his esquire props), are heading down to Baja in November for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. As JK put it in a note:

“This year marks the 40th anniversary of “The Baja”, recognized as the world’s longest and most challenging non-stop, point-to-point motor race. It also marks the mid-point between Hank and my 40th birthdays. Competing in The Baja represents the culmination of a childhood dream for me and Hank, who have fantasized about the race since we learned of it almost 30 years ago while growing up the ‘Burgh.”

(JK & Hank in their 587 “Fat Boy” racing out in Las Vegas recently)

You have to love the idea of two close friends carrying the dream along with them all of these years, finally culminating in actually living it at a point in their lives where they can. It makes me all teary-eyed. What’s even cooler is that they have taken this opportunity to mix their passion with doing some good and decided to also turn this into a fundraiser. JK goes on to say…

” Given the dream-turned-reality nature of our quest, we’ve decided to convert our effort into a pledge-by-the-mile fundraiser for The Future Leaders Institute, an Oakland non-profit dedicated to helping high school-aged youth conceive of and implement solutions to real-world social problems. Founded three years ago by Eve Cowen, The Future Leaders Institute, or FLI, operates in schools around the Bay Area, with plans to expand to other states and, eventually, other countries. FLI’s programs do more than teach participants the process of social involvement. They give students the self-identity and confidence to know that if they can dream it, they can make it real. For more information on FLI, please visit FLI’s website, or watch the video…” (see below)

They’re going to be having a fundraiser which should be a blast given the location in SOMA…

“To help draw attention to FLI and its mission, Hank and I, with support from Kronenberger Burgoyne, and On-The Fly, are hosting a “FLI Across the Baja” launch party and fundraiser. The event will be held from 6 – 9:30 pm on Thursday, October 25, at On the Fly, located at 135 Clara Street, in the South of Market area of San Francisco.”

I’ll update this post as soon as JK sends me pledge details as well. Definitely something worth getting behind whether you can party with the crew or simply throw down a few bucks towards a good cause. Can’t wait to see the pics they come back with after the race. Only wish I could bail from work and go watch this race in person as you know it’s going to be insane :)

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