Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has announced that author, journalist and activist Maria Shriver and Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom will return as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 10th Anniversary Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle.
More than 1,500 people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity walk, run and ride to benefit Best Buddies International – on September 7.
Hundreds of cyclists will take to the starting line at Quail Lodge Golf Club for the 100-mile ride down the majestic Pacific Coast Highway from Carmel to San Simeon. The Challenge, which is open to people of all ages and abilities and is designed to showcase the Best Buddies mission in action, also features alternative 62, 30 and 15-mile cycling routes, as well as the Carl LewisChallenge, a 5K run/walk led by the Olympic gold-medalist himself.
The event will kick-off with the Best Buddies Golf Challenge at the legendary Tehama Golf Club in Carmel on Friday, September 6. During the Golf Challenge, Best Buddies participants will tee-off alongside celebrities, professional athletes, and special guests. The day will conclude with an evening VIP reception hosted by Maria Shriver, which will also take place at Tehama Golf Club.
Several other celebrities, professional athletes and special guests are also expected to participate in the Challenge, including: actors Rob Lowe and Verne Troyer; actresses Maureen McCormick, Cheryl Hines, Kelly Hu, and Lauren Potter; “American Idol” Alumni Diana Degarmoand Ace Young; comedian Bill Engvall; and famed pilot of the “Miracle on the Hudson,”Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III, all of whom will be encouraged to team-up with Best Buddies participants and compete in ”Friendship Races” on tandem bicycles.
The Challenge will be capped off by a barbeque, awards ceremony and concert by Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles, at Hearst Ranch.
Audi of America will once again return as the Official Vehicle sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors include: The Hearst Corporation; Tupperware;Chevron; Pepsi; E. & J. Gallo Winery; Avid; Arco; Zenith Watches; Carnival Cruise Lines; FIJI Water, Official Water of Best Buddies; Natixis Global Asset Management; Pacific Gas & Electric; 20th Century Fox; Electus; Classic Party Rentals; PilotFreight Services; Niche Media, Premiere Magazine Sponsor of Best Buddies; KPIX; San Francisco Chronicle; Getty Images, Official Photography Sponsor of Best Buddies; and Silicon Valley Bank.
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