News

Throughout the Ride 4 Widows Fundraiser, check back here for daily updates. Starting on June 2, a link will be provided to Track Leaders, which is a Global Position Satellite (GPS) link where you can watch Jay's progress live! For your convenience, sign up for our email list by clicking the link below. You will receive updates three times per week from Alex. 

Hello, Yorktown!

July 16, 2018

On Saturday July 14 at approximately 1 p.m., Jay crossed the finish line in Yorktown. After biking 4,200 miles for more than 40 days, he is enjoying some well-deserved time off with his wife and kids. Last night, they stopped at a Buffalo favorite for wings: Bar Bill. 

Jay has committed himself to helping the American Widow Project further, so stay tuned for more exciting news headed your way!

Watch the last race update here!

A special invitation

July 12, 2018

Is this the last update?

July 12, 2018

Trail angels, college friends, and more! Jay has a lot to tell you about in today's video.

Festivus for the rest of us?

July 11, 2018

BONUS VIDEO! 

Jay had a couple more stories he wanted to share with you today. Watch now!

We know Jay will reach the monument. The big question is "when?!"

July 11, 2018

Jay finally answers the questions everyone has been asking: when will he reach Yorktown? Find out in  today's video.

There's less than 400 miles to Yorktown

July 10, 2018

Find our how Jay is doing in today's video.

More dog chases and counting

July 09, 2018

Jay's in the final state of TABR, but he will face significant challenges before crossing the finish line. 

Learn more by watching today's video

A moment of silence

July 06, 2018

Devastating news rocked the TABR community last night. Tune in for more. 

The dog days of Kentucky

July 05, 2018

The heat, the dog chases, and more: Jay has more challenges in Kentucky. 

Find out what they are here

A quick update before the holiday

July 02, 2018

Jay will cross into Kentucky today, leaving only TWO states left in his first Trans Am attempt. But, don't forget that he has more than 1,000 miles left to go. 

Watch today's update here. 

BONUS VIDEO DAY! We're recapping Jay's weekend adventures in three videos throughout the day.

July 02, 2018

Jay achieved even more milestones during his Sunday ride–he crossed the Mississippi Rive and is now riding through Illinois, the seventh state of TABR. 

Watch here!

BONUS VIDEO DAY! We're recapping Jay's weekend adventures in three videos throughout the day.

July 02, 2018

On Saturday, the heat held Jay back from his full potential as he took on what he thinks was the toughest 25 miles yet.

He also addresses the elephant in the room.

Listen in here.

BONUS VIDEO DAY! We're recapping Jay's weekend adventures in three videos throughout the day.

July 02, 2018

On Friday, Jay battled dog attacks, steep climbs, and scorching heat. Did he make it? 

Find out here!

Excessive heat warning

June 29, 2018

BONUS FOOTAGE: Jay recounts two days' worth of stories! 

Tune in here

We're not in Kansas anymore!

June 28, 2018

Jay bikes out of Kansas and into Missouri today, which means he has only four states left! 

Catch up with Jay in today's update.

A close call

June 27, 2018

Last night, Jay almost biked directly into a devastating tornado that ripped through Eureka, Kansas. Some unlikely heroes saved his life. 

Hear this and more stories from the road in today's update.

What do a clown, a fairy, and a tricycle have in common?

June 26, 2018

We bet you can imagine that Jay has seen some strange sights on his adventure across the country and he has a story for you in today's video.

Prayers at the halfway point

June 25, 2018

Jay has biked 2,200 miles through five states and is now at the halfway point of the Trans Am Bike Race! 

Check in with Jay's progress by watching our daily video

Stories from the road

June 24, 2018

We haven't heard from Jay in a few days. See what he's been up to in today's update.

WOW! 2,000 miles

June 23, 2018

Jay hit another TABR milestone yesterday: 2,000 miles on the route! 

He stopped over in Pueblo and is finally east of the Rocky Mountains. Find out more in today's video

Over 11,000 feet of climbing in ONE day?!

June 22, 2018

Jay is hitting major TABR milestones! Find out how he tackled Hoosier Pass in today's video

#GoJayGo!

Unnerved

June 21, 2018

After many mentally tough days and equipment issues, Jay reports us on how he feels in today's video

#GoJayGo!

We need to talk

June 20, 2018

We've received more devastating news about a TABR racer. Jay is passionate about making a change, especially on the Kansas stretch of this race. 

Watch our update here

A long haul ahead

June 19, 2018

Jay took a half day yesterday to get his bike fixed, but it help him set up for a long haul tomorrow. 

Watch Jay's update. 

The adventure never stops

June 18, 2018

Even after relentless rainstorms and brake issues, Jay is staying positive and enjoying his adventure. Watch today's update!

Big climbs and beautiful views

June 17, 2018

Find out how Jay tackled Yellowstone after a handful of setbacks here. 

Freezing rain forced Jay off the road yesterday.

June 16, 2018

Devastating consequences

June 15, 2018

Devastating consequences: when motorists don't share the road with cyclists.

 

Learn more about Jay's message and other updates in today's video.

Day 11 was Jay's best day yet.

June 14, 2018

Find out why in today's video

Who thinks mosquitoes are the WORST?

June 13, 2018

Jay says he can't stop for a second or they're swarming him in Montana. Hear more about this and Jay's Day 9 ride here.

Today, we are giving a shout out to our major sponsors and donors who have been so generous to give to our fundraiser.

 

SPONSORS: Jamas Enterprises, LLC, Independent Solutions, Michelle Kozel, and Robinson Tax Services.

 

DONORS: Brett Axton, Rocky Mountain Roosters, Peak Brokerage Services, Top Advisors Group, Paula's Donuts, Diana Harrison, The Financial Guys, and so many more who have chosen to support military widows.

"I know my wife will hate it, but..."

June 12, 2018

What do you think it is? Find out in Jay's rest day update here

We have a big goal: $100,000. We will only be able to reach that goal if YOU help us share our story and find it in your heart to give to this worthy cause.

Take cover!

June 11, 2018

Unexpected weather in Montana caused Jay to find shelter yesterday.

Learn more about Jay's Day 8 ride here.

We have a big goal: $100,000. We will only be able to reach that goal if YOU help us share our story and find it in your heart to give to this worthy cause.

Day 8 Update

June 10, 2018

Catch Jay's quick equipment update for our Day 8 update

We have a big goal: $100,000. We will only be able to reach that goal if YOU help us share our story and find it in your heart to give to this worthy cause.

A message from Jay

June 09, 2018

Sleeping while cycling? 

Jay talks new challenges he's facing as he continues on his journey across the country in a special message you can watch here.

 

We have a big goal: $100,000. We will only be able to reach that goal if YOU help us share our story and find it in your heart to give to this worthy cause.

Day 6 Update

June 08, 2018

Jay faces almost impossibly tough climbs ahead this weekend. Will he make it through Lolo Pass?

We discuss what makes this portion of the race so difficult in our Day 6 Update.

 

We have a big goal: $100,000. We will only be able to reach that goal if YOU help us share our story and find it in your heart to give to this worthy cause.

$16,000 raised for military widows!

June 08, 2018

We have raised $16,095 for military widows thanks to your generous support! All money raised by our fundraiser will go directly to The American Widow Project to help expand their emotional support services and education program. These programs help military widows to learn how to navigate widowhood, to create a network of support, and to help these women rebuild after tragedy.

 

We have a big goal: $100,000. We will only be able to reach that goal if YOU help us share our story and find it in your heart to give to this worthy cause.

Day 5 Update

June 07, 2018

Did Jay get his pizza? Did he make it to Idaho? Find out in our Day 5 update.

Day 4 Update

June 06, 2018

Jay talks food cravings, tough climbs, and support he has received on the route in an emotional Day 4 update. 

Day 3 Update

June 05, 2018

The race is heating up! The pressure is on. Check out how Jay is faring in the Day 3 Update.

Daily Update: Day 2

June 04, 2018

Jay has already ridden over 300 miles in just two days. Want to see how he's doing? Click here!

Daily Update: Day 1

June 03, 2018

Wondering how Jay fared on his first day of TABR? Click here!

One day until TABR begins

June 01, 2018

Tomorrow, TABR racers will set off across the country. Our very own Jay Blanchard is amongst them. Despite various setbacks upon arriving in Oregon, Jay is gearing up to start the race. 

Jay unwrapped his bike to find it irreparably damaged. He is not searching for solutions. The TABR community has offered many helping hands and Jay is hoping to get the issue resolved. More minor issues have set Jay back slightly, but he has overcome them. 

Before Jay sets off, his home team wants to share a message. Click here to watch. 

Over $7,000 raised for The American Widow Project!

May 31, 2018

We have raised $7,420 thanks to your generous support! All money raised by our fundraiser will go directly to The American Widow Project to help expand their emotional support services and education program. These programs help military widows to learn how to navigate widowhood, to create a network of support, and to help these women rebuild after tragedy.

 

We have a big goal: $100,000. We will only be able to reach that goal if YOU help us share our story. Tell your friends, family, and coworkers to support us and share our posts on Facebook.

JAMAS Enterprises is partnering up with R4W!

May 31, 2018

e have some exciting news today! Jamas Enterprises, LLC has agreed to donate $5 to our fundraiser for every rack mount they sell until Jay completes TABR.

 

You can visit https://amzn.to/2LKOIgl to purchase a rack mount and support our fundraiser at the same time.

 

Thank you, JAMAS!

See Jay on Now Buffalo

May 30, 2018

Jay's interview with Mike Randall aired yesterday on Now Buffalo and this morning, both on Channel 7. You can see the interview here. Please share this story with your family and friends to tell them about our mission!

Catch Jay on Channel 7 TONIGHT!

May 29, 2018

Mike Randall at Channel 7 interviewed Jay today and our segment will air tonight at 7 p.m. on Now Buffalo. Make sure you don't miss it and to tell your family and friends to tune in as well. 

Recently, Jay has received a lot of press including being featured on WBEN, WYRK, Totally Buffalo, and in the May 27 issue of the Buffalo News. Keep a look out for even more stories of Jay on both Channel 7 and Channel 2 throughout this week!

$5,000 raised for military widows!

May 29, 2018

WOW! Over the weekend, the combination of CrowdRise donations and paper checks we have received exceeded $5,000, all of which will be given to The American Widow Project (AWP). 

We have a long way to go to reach our goal of $100,000, but even the smallest of gifts help. Please remember to share the news of Ride 4 Widows with your friends and family and to revisit our site for updates on Jay's race progress starting June 2.

Your generous gifts have exceeded $2,000

May 22, 2018

Overnight, our followers' generous donations have helped us raise more than $2,000 for the American Widow Project!

We have a long way to go to reach our goal of $100,000, but even the smallest of gifts help. Please remember to share the news of Ride 4 Widows with your friends and family and to revisit our site for updates on Jay's race progress starting June 2.

Check out our feature in WYRK

May 21, 2018

Today, WYRK Country Radio covered the story of our fundraiser. You can read Dale Mussen's story here.

Please remember to share our story with your friends and family so we can reach our goal of $100,000. Let's work together to make a change in the lives of those who truly deserve it!

Week 3 Fundraising Update

May 18, 2018

Great news! Our CrowdRise campaign reached $1,920. We are very excited that you helped us more than double donations since last week!

Thank you to all of the people who are helping us reach our goal of $100,000!

Check out our feature in Totally Buffalo

May 18, 2018

An all-Buffalove blog has give Ride 4 Widows a fantastic feature this week. Our team is proud to have Buffalonians stand behind us as Jay gears up for his race and our fundraiser is kicking off. 

 

You can read our Totally Buffalo feature here

Week 2 Fundraising Update

May 11, 2018

Great news! Our CrowdRise campaign reached $1,200. We are very excited that you helped us more than double donations since last week!

Thank you to all of the people who are helping us reach our goal of $100,000!

Ride 4 Widows has achieved our first $1,000!

May 07, 2018

Over the weekend, our CrowdRise campaign reached its first $1,000. We are amazed that it happened so quickly—in less than a week from Jay announcing this mission! 

Thank you to all of the people who are helping us reach our goal of $100,000!

Week 1 Fundraising Update

May 04, 2018

After just a few days, we have raise $450! Our goal is to raise $100,000 by the beginning of July when Jay is scheduled to complete TABR. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of people helped by the American Widow Project. 

Please give to our fundraiser, share our update, and revisit this website for updates!

You can become a hero to these families by giving through our CrowdRise campaign or writing a check to The American Widow Project and mailing it to: 

The Financial Guys 

Jay Blanchard 

6631 Main Street 

Williamsville, NY 14221

Press Release: Fundraiser Announcement

May 01, 2018

The Ride 4 Widows website has launched!

May 01, 2018

Welcome to the Ride 4 Widows website! Jay is excited to launch this campaign and today is the first step. All of the information you need about The American Widow Project, the fundraiser, and more is provided on this website. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Alex, the campaign director, here. For daily updates, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Let's work together to make a positive impact on the lives of military widows. 

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