ON THE Road Once again: Glenn Toner can take a short respite all through his the latest bicycle journey. For The Prouty fundraiser, Toner cycled laps in between his property in Surf Town and Barnegat Gentle to the north until eventually he’d surpassed 200 miles. (Equipped Picture)
At midnight on July 6, two times before his 71st birthday, Glenn Toner climbed on to his bike outside the house his Surf Metropolis house and pedaled north. For the up coming 17 hours and 20 minutes, he cycled again and forth involving Surf Metropolis and Barnegat Gentle – halting just about every 19 or so miles to relaxation and refuel with liquids and a snack – until finally he surpassed 200 miles.
Toner clocked all these miles as section of the 40th once-a-year Prouty, a household-pleasant fundraising event that brings together cycling, walking and additional to elevate funds and recognition for lifesaving investigation and vital affected person and family members help providers at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center. This year’s Prouty, for which digital participants could “Prouty anywhere, any way, at any time,” lifted $4 million.
“Every dollar donated is one stage nearer to a overcome for cancer,” said Toner, a entire-time Florida resident who spends 4 or 5 months with his spouse at their put on Extended Seaside Island.
Toner to start with begun coming to LBI immediately after conference close friend Douglas Salvatoriello – whose family members experienced homes in Ship Bottom – though the two were freshmen at Passaic Valley Superior College in Tiny Falls, N.J. “Glenn and I went to substantial college alongside one another more than 55 many years in the past and put in lots of days on LBI back again then,” surfing and sailing, Salvatoriello remarked.
“A biker, marathoner, ice climber, mountain climber and entire world traveler – with he and his spouse achieving about 80 nations so far with extra to occur – he has led an fascinating daily life,” Salvatoriello said of his outdated pal. “I want I experienced 50 percent his vitality!”
As Toner stated of his long journey previously this month, “The temperature at midnight was great, with a reasonable southerly wind. Not as well sizzling nor humid. Not a great deal of action at 3 a.m., but I saw a raccoon in Harvey Cedars and a turtle in Barnegat Mild.
“Once the sun came up, both the humidity and the wind took a flip for the even worse. I normally don’t drink a great deal when I journey, but I manufactured a exclusive effort to preserve hydrated. … I still lost a number of lbs of h2o weight immediately after ingesting 6 quarts of Gatorade and a pair of quarts of h2o.”
His bicycle pc exhibited a overall of 200.37 miles, with a riding time of 14 several hours and 24 minutes, as he concluded up in the early evening.
“I rode 10 minutes more quickly very last yr,” Toner remarked, “but the weather wasn’t as incredibly hot, and there was much less wind.”
Toner first took portion in The Prouty in 2004. “My friend’s wife arranged a workforce, the Wobegon Warriors, just after surviving most cancers. She worked at Dartmouth Clinical and preferred to assistance fundraise. I’ve skipped only one calendar year because we commenced.
“The experience is possibly 100 miles in excess of a single day or 200 miles above two days. Because COVID created the event digital the past two a long time, I considered that I would consider to knock off the 200 in just one working day.”
Considering that Toner is coaching for a 650-mile cycle in September – from Surf Town to just north of Burlington, Vt., about the program of nine times – he tries to journey among 35 and 50 miles each and every other working day.
He’s also been organizing a several farther-flung journeys for when it’s once more safe and sound to vacation internationally. “I haven’t enable COVID quit me from preparing, but I have experienced several visits delayed. I presently have quite a few outings booked, together with Antarctica, but time will inform. Cannot go if you really do not plan. (As they say: Guy ideas, God laughs.)”
Due to the fact his retirement in 2011, Toner and his wife have traveled very a little bit. “Some of the most memorable had been a safari in Tanzania a river cruise in Europe the Galapagos and, most just lately, India, Nepal and Bhutan,” he described. “I also did some mountaineering with my son in the Andes, and some volcanoes in Ecuador, but that is a youthful man’s sport, and I retired from climbing a number of decades back.
“I have to say that I have been a very blessed dude. I have a great wife and two wonderful young children. I’m reasonably wholesome and have the suggests to journey, and my spouse humors me on some of my unique recommendations for journey.”
And even when world vacation isn’t probable, there’s often the bicycle – a notably fantastic preference when a good lead to is at stake.
Find out more about The Prouty at most cancers.dartmouth.edu/stories/write-up/prouty-celebrates-40-decades.
— Juliet Kaszas-Hoch