PEPPERELL -- Peter Lundstrom describes himself as "not much of an athlete."
He's never participated in a foot race and he doesn't play sports for his college. And before June 29, he'd never spent more than a few hours on a bicycle at any one time.
But despite that, the 19-year-old Pepperell resident rode in the Cape Cod Getaway at the end of June -- a two-day, 150-mile bicycle journey from Boston to Provincetown to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
"It was definitely challenging, but it's something I'd like to experience again. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes to challenge themselves and help a good cause," Lundstrom said.
Lundstrom, who is a rising sophomore studying petroleum engineering at Marietta College in Ohio, said he learned of the race when a former member of his fraternity, whose wife has MS, decided to participate.
Along with one other fraternity brother, Lundstrom signed up for the ride, despite having little experience with cycling.
While most of his fellow cyclists had bikes costing thousands of dollars, Lundstrom rode his father's old road bike, which he said cost $200 when it was bought in the 1980s.
For Lundstrom, the cause also hit close to home. His aunt has MS, which contributed to his choice to join this particular ride.
"She was very happy when I told her I was doing this," he said.
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Lundstrom said his only regret was not training for the ride, something he wouldn't recommend to anyone else looking to take on a similar challenge.
"The longest I'd ridden for before was three hours, which was probably a stupid idea on my part. The worst part was waking up the second day and having to sit on the seat again. I was definitely a little sore," he said.
The more than 2,000 riders who participated rode for about seven hours each day, stopping overnight at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. While there, they could choose to either sleep in the dormitories or camp outside. Lundstrom and his friend chose to sleep outside, after a seafood dinner.
The Cape Cod Getaway, which had a total goal of raising $2,589,000, is still accepting donations. As of July 26, $2,427,267 had been raised, putting the event at nearly 94 percent of its goal.
Those who wish to donate can still do so on the Cape Cod Getaway website, and can search for Lundstrom's name if they wish to donate in his name.
Lundstrom said the ultimate goal of the ride is simple -- to end MS.
"It just makes you feel good, and it's good for you. The idea of helping makes you feel all warm and fuzzy," Lundstrom said. "It's very redeeming to cross the finish line."
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