Chosen to Race Across Siberia 2017

$9,985 of $20k goal

Raised by 140 people in 4 months
CSU Student Chosen to Race Across Siberia in 2017...

I hope my subject line got your attention. My name is Matthew Carnal. I'm in the Exercise Physiology Department at Colorado State University, and I was selected on December 8th as the only male rider from the US to participate in the Red Bull TransSiberian Race in 2017. This is a race to test human endurance, and I hope to do this to motivate more people to exercise, as I believe exercise is the source of positive human health. However, I need your help! I need to raise over $100,000 for this opportunity to send a message to the global community in 2017 that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

It would be pretty cool to be part of this adventure, don’t you think?

Imagine what a story racing a bike 5,800 miles across the Russian Tundra would be! In 2010 I was broke, depressed and crossed the United States on $600 dollars because I lost hope due to the 2008 economic collapse when I lost everything except my will to continue to fight. This ride gave me purpose to continue and I set goals to continue to travel with the freedom the bicycle provides. My most recent adventure in 2014 took me across the Southern Tier of the US in 31 days. I covered 4,563 solo miles during one of the coldest winters in the last decade. I did so on a fixed gear bicycle, which means I could do absolutely no coasting. I believe stories like my 2010 and 2014 adventures allowed my entry into this challenging event, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity.

This is real!!! And yes, It's going to be HARD, but I need the fundraising to be out of the way so I can focus on training in order to better my chance of winning, though finishing within itself is an accomplishment at this level of masochistic endeavor! I

So if you want to be a part of something exciting and track my progress PLEASE fund me here. All remaining funds will be going to purchase bikes for kids in my local community.* To track my training progress leading up to the event, follow me on www.mcendurance.com as I’ll be blogging my training and life as I did in 2010.

Thank you very much for this opportunity, because without you this would not be possible!

*Many of asked me why I'm not raising for a charity or a foundation, the reason is I want to see the money go to where I believe it should. There is less overhead with just me and I can spread the bikes to the kids much further this way.
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Update 4
Posted by Matt Carnal
2 months ago
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Little update...

http://www.cpr.org/news/story/colorado-cyclist-to-ride-in-world-s-longest-race

I would like to announce first half of entry has been processed and now its time work on the second half! Mid April is when the second half is due, however need to raise $45k so need much more then the second half. I prefer to raise $100K so I can donate $55K to bikes for kids! Please share and donate, take a listen to the CPR feed above as I hope it inspires!
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Update 3
Posted by Matt Carnal
3 months ago
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Quick update: "Thank You" very much for your support for all that have donated!

With 9 days remaining I'm keeping hope and optimism the funds will come through. If you have donated Thank You! Maybe get 5 of your friends to donate anything between $5-25 or even more would get me closer.

$10K is half the entry and there will be a lot more fundraising to go while I continue to study and train! For those that have potential corporate sponsors I currently have some advertising space on my kit for sale for those interested - be a lot of exposure on the RedBull Media and what a story it will be for your employees! Email if interested.

Thanks again and I'm off for another 5-6 hours!
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Update 2
Posted by Matt Carnal
3 months ago
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Everyday gets closer to the deadline, and I want to thank everyone that has donated so far!

With the Spring semester upon us, life is about to get extremely busy so if I'm late responding to anyone's email I do apologize and will get back to you as quickly as possible. I, like you, am hard at it!

I have four classes to teach, two course to take, research, and training so I'm going to be busy.

However, as my experience has taught me, work daily and lean on a friend when you need one because everyone has their own journey, don't let others derail you from yours!

Enjoy the journey as we get only one...
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Update 1
Posted by Matt Carnal
4 months ago
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Hey gang, just wanted to "Thank You" for those that have donated! I'm about to launch my blog and give everyone insights to my training and life so stay tuned.

One big news is SRM is on board for product sponsorship which is awesome...Thank you SRM!
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Lance Mason
2 months ago

I put $100 first go, but $45K wasn't the number he posted to start. $45 = huge piece of cash for a solo ride. Dream or delusion?

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Chauncey Carroll
2 months ago

Is it too late to donate?

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$9,985 of $20k goal

Raised by 140 people in 4 months
Created December 10, 2016
Matt Carnal  
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$50
Oren Anderson
1 month ago

Hope you make it, Matt!

$25
Anonymous
2 months ago
DP
$250
David Parish
2 months ago
$50
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2 months ago
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Howard Marks
2 months ago
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LB
$50
Linda Petrie Bunch
2 months ago
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Heard your story on NPR and wish you good luck!

RP
$50
Ricky Pimentel
2 months ago
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You got this Matt! You're the craziest SOB on 2 wheels I know. Keep up the training and don't forget to rest!

MQ
$100
Mike Quick
2 months ago
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Make it happen Matty!

$100
Anonymous
2 months ago
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Lance Mason
2 months ago

I put $100 first go, but $45K wasn't the number he posted to start. $45 = huge piece of cash for a solo ride. Dream or delusion?

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Chauncey Carroll
2 months ago

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