If it’s 4:15 a.m. on any given Saturday morning, it is likely that Michael Farrell is getting out of bed to start his drive south. Even from Lantana, Farrell still finds a way to make it out to every single Dolphins Cancer Challenge training ride.
Farrell is easily one of the DCC’s most committed Ride Marshals. A strong rider who can easily tackle long rides at fast paces, Farrell will drive from his home in Lantana to southern Miami just to teach a beginning rider how to shift gears at their first biking attempts. It doesn’t end there. After they are comfortable, he rides with them at 12mph (sometimes slower!) all with a smile on his face.
Where does this patience come from? Farrell believes, “Knowledge not passed on is wasted! I love watching new riders learn and grow. Over the years we have helped pass on the joy of riding for a great cause to so many people.”
Farrell’s experience with the DCC goes back to the inaugural event. One of his favorite moments from the inaugural ride was pedaling alongside Dolphins player Zach Thomas down I-595 at 30mph and right into the stadium.
“It was surreal,” Michael says. “It has grown from the first 300-plus riders into a truly great event raising millions to help slay the dragon known as cancer.”
A dragon which is unfortunately all too familiar to him. Michael has lost several friends, his grandmother and his uncle all to cancer.
Look out for Michael Farrell and his good friend Mr. Frog at all of our training rides and on DCC weekend, where he will once again be representing the DCC in his black and white stripes!
For more information on how you can be a DCC Ride Marshal please contact RideDCC@dolphins.com.