Willmar man pedaling 880 miles for world health

WILLMAR -- An avid cyclist, David Moody of Willmar has pedaled 100 miles in a day several times."But that's one isolated day," Moody said.It won't be isolated days of long-distance riding for Moody starting March 24.That will be when he begins an...

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Having padded his bike’s frame and done what else he could, David Moody, right, watches March 7 as Rick Norsten finishes preparation for shipping the bicycle to San Diego. Gary Miller | Tribune

WILLMAR - An avid cyclist, David Moody of Willmar has pedaled 100 miles in a day several times.
“But that’s one isolated day,” Moody said.
It won’t be isolated days of long-distance riding for Moody starting March 24.
That will be when he begins an 11-day, 880-mile ride from San Diego to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“That’s 80 miles a day,” Moody said.
That many miles for so many days will be a new experience, he said, “new territory for me as a cyclist.”
On his ride, Moody, an attorney with the Willmar firm of Johnson, Moody, Schmidt & Kleinhuizen, will be raising funds for Ride for World Health.
Founded 10 years ago by medical students at Ohio State University, R4WH raises money for organizations working to improve throughout the nation and world.
Beneficiaries of this year’s ride are Ohio State’s own Greif Neonatal Survival Program and Esperança.
Greif works to improve the lives of mothers and infants in low-income countries, through education and training to increase the capacity of countries’ health care workers.
Esperança is dedicated to improving health and providing hope for families in the world’s poorest communities through disease prevention, education and treatment.
Health education is another R4WH mission, which is met during the ride by holding lectures in cities along the route. Lecture topics will be infectious diseases, mental health and poverty and health.
During his 11 days on the road, Moody will have a rest day in Phoenix, where one of the lectures will be presented.
Moody will be riding 880 miles, a quarter of the 3,300-mile route from San Diego to Bethany Beach, Delaware.
One of the 15 riders planning to ride the complete route is Dr. Doug Moody, David’s brother.
Doug Moody’s son-in-law, medical student Kyle Jamison, is CEO of this year’s R4WH and also plans to ride the entire route.
David Moody recently completed an important bit of preparation for his ride - shipping his bike to San Diego.
He began the process by wrapping the various tubes of his bike’s frame with foam pipe insulation.
For the more intricate steps of packing his bike, Moody turned to Rick Norsten of Rick’s Cycling and Sports Center in Willmar. Moody shipped the bike to a San Diego-area bike shop to reassemble the two-wheeler.
“This is definitely a long haul,” Moody said of his ride. “At least for me it is.”
Anyone wishing to contribute to R4WH in Moody’s name should go to his webpage on the ride’s website at

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