KPIX 5 Morning Weather Anchor Roberta Gonzales looks at a Bay Area event you may not hear about on-air.

This past weekend, I participated with friends in the 24th annual Bike 4 Breath. The ride is more than just a cycling event. It’s a day full of fun where riders of all levels come together to support clean air and healthy lungs.

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Cyclists raise funds for asthma education, tobacco control, clean air advocacy and lung disease research in support of the work of Breathe California Golden Gate Health Partnership and Breathe California of the Bay Area. Most of us take breathing for granted. But for those with asthma, emphysema, lung cancer, tuberculosis and other forms of lung disease, the essential act of breathing can be a constant struggle.

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What is “Breathe California”? It is a non-profit  working for healthier communities. For the last 100 years, Breathe California has been dedicated to promoting healthy lungs and fighting lung disease.Today, 100% of your donations are used here in California. They promote healthy lungs through prevention, advocacy, education, research and direct services at the community level.

With the wonderful sponsorship of KPIX 5, my riding pals, Donna McGee and Tom Glynn showed up bright and earl;y to pick me up at 5 a.m. and we drove to the Peninsula to begin an amazing day pushing our healthy lungs to the limit! With a new and IMPROVED course, including a 10 mile and 30 mile selection,  I thoroughly enjoyed our 70 miles (it was supposed to be 64 miles!) through the roads of Atherton, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Woodside, La Honda and Pescadero, embracing the clear skies of the Pacific ocean and marveling over the stoic redwood trees. I hope you enjoy the photo from my ride and perhaps you will consider joining me next year as we ride to fight lung disease!

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I would love to hear from you! Please send weather questions, observations and photos to me, and I look forward to hearing from you!