County employee will bicycle across the U.S.

Kitsap County Risk Manager Mark Abernathy is taking the county’s new wellness program very seriously.

So seriously, in fact, that he plans to ride a bicycle 3,300 miles across the U.S.

Abernathy’s self-described, “Mark’s Ride for Clean Air,” will begin in Seattle on June 21 and end in Washington, D.C., on August 7.

He hopes.

“The ride is about raising money to fight lung disease, reduce air pollution and provide treatment for childhood asthma,” Abernathy said. “To aid in conquering these challenges, I have accepted a challenge of my own. I have agreed to join with the American Lung Association’s Big Ride Across America.”

The riders will pedal six days per week, averaging 83 miles a day.

They expect to complete the trip in seven weeks.

Abernathy’s father died of lung disease and he feels this is a good way to honor him.

“I bought a new bike and have set out to raise money for the American Lung Assocation,” Abernathy said.

Abernathy is seeking donations in support of his ride, and his goal is to raise $6,000 by June 1.

As of May 10, he had raised $1,810.

For more information on how to donate, visit

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