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Chana Rudnick | Denver, CO

Chana Rudnick

YAY!!! I have reached my goal of $7000.00. The Tour de Simcha would like to reach it's goal of $1 million. Let's keep donating to get this fundraiser over the top. Thanks for all your help.

Last summer it was Route 66 (Gershon and I turned 66) in a car.This summer, my personal route 67 will go from Central Jersey through Upstate NY on a bike (!) to support kids suffering from pediatric illness. This is no ordinary cycling event; it’s an exhilarating ride ending at Camp Simcha, a remarkable overnight camp that provides seriously ill children with a vacation from sickness, restoring their spirits and renewing their determination to fight.

To learn more about Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha special, visit

The ride will be to camp on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019. Thank you to all who have helped me qualify for this ride. The overall goal is to raise over $1 million. All donations are 100% tax-deductible, so please continue my fund raising.

Please contribute by clicking on the donate button now.

Check out this website regularly to see my progress in training.

Thank you for supporting me and, in doing so, helping children and their families cope with the diagnosis, treatment, and aftermath of serious pediatric illness.

Best regards,

Chana Rudnick
PS For more info about the bike ride please visit


Here are some last shots from the event photographers. My only regret is that I didn't get to interact more with these amazing campers. Too many things going on.

Hawk's Nest - I didn't do this.

6 AM start

on the road

on the road


Me and Aviva Polter at the end!

Me on left and Shifra Zeiler in the big hat with campers.


I thank you all for supporting me in this ride. I pass onto you the thanks of all those special campers who you sent to this camp. They are all so brave and sweet and appreciative. May you never know their challenge and may there be no need for Camp Simcha in the future because everyone is well. PS - go down to the bottom of Jul 17 to do this chronologically.

Team Denver - Aviva Polter and me the day before - my adventure partner.

The end!

The final hill to camp.


From the lovely lake below, I continued to a large strip mall where there was a fitness gym. They let me in to use the facilities and fill up with water. One of my hills on US 206 was 3 miles! It was a 2% grade. I have learned I can manage that. By the time I got to rest stop 4 - the lunch stop, it was around 1:15 and things were starting to close up. They had a very nice wrap bar. I got a tuna wrap with some veggies in it, a pickle and some potato chips. My bottom was sore and I opted to take the shuttle to the end point where I had a nice massage before setting out for the finish line.

Short rest stop. Found I was out of water! OOPS

US 206 north. Bike lane a little narrow here. Support vehicle went behind us for a ways.

US 206 looking south. Big truck coming!

This next stretch - 20 miles was a challenge. We rode on US 206, which was quite busy in places - 4 lanes and big trucks and fast cars. Speed limit 50 in many places. I just couldn't go that fast. My top speed was 27.7 mph. Thankfully, the shoulder/bike lane was wide in many places. Left turns were a challenge.

Shower time.

YUM - Soft serve ice cream. I had chocolate/vanilla swirl on a cone.

Karaoke at rest stop 3

Spent some time at rest stop 3. Had ice cream and a banana and a 'cold shower' (see picture). This was the karaoke stop. I had done 30 miles by this. When I left for the next stop my back was feeling pretty cool. I realized I had left my backpack at the rest stop. Fortunately, I wasn't too far away.

Nice farm on the way.

View from the SAG car - nice little towns and country homes/estates.

Rest stop 2 goodies - pickles and bananas. YUM!

Progress by stop 2 - 25 miles

Rest Stop 1 goodies

Rest Stop 1 bike fix and power gel.

Great first 15 miles to the rest stop, but having a bit of difficulty with my gears. Couldn't get into 1st, and had a bit of trouble getting into 2nd. Averaged 10 miles per hour. Snacked up and had by bike worked on at the first stop. Smooth sailing for the next 10 miles to rest stop 2. The food layouts were awesome! Hills and heat got to me after the next 5 miles, so I took a SAG ride to rest stop 3.

Cycling through towns at the start

6AM we were off with police escort. They were on scene for the first several miles, getting us through towns and lights. Then we were on our own, though our support and SAG vehicles kept an eye on us. Great support!

The starting line (night before)

getting ready to start.

It is DONE! We had a beautiful day for the Tour de Simcha. Up at 4AM to stretch, shower and daven before breakfast at 4:30. At 5:30 we took our luggage to the bike room, got our bikes and headed to the starting line.


Wow! Apparently you will be able to track my whereabouts on this web page! I will have a GPS on me. We should be starting around 6 or 6:30 AM EDT. That's Tuesday the 16th.

That picture is from our Telluride trip 2 weeks ago.

Your intrepid representative on the Tour de Simcha at her summer home!

Last post before my ride. The bike left last week and should be arriving today. I have gone to the gym to make up for the loss, a bit. Went hiking with Gershon (Gene) yesterday and hope to go again on Thursday. Had a great Cycle Circuit class with Christine Eldridge today. Thanks to her classes I feel that I have a core to stabilize! Heading to Steamboat Springs with friends for a relaxing Shabbos. Monday is take-off and Tuesday is the ride. Thanks for all your support. I hope to be able to post pictures from the ride here afterwards. Stay tuned.


Haven't been biking for about 2 weeks. Sent bike for a tune-up and I went on my first backpacking trip with 8 amazing women! (June 17-20) We hiked about 3-4 miles into the Lost Creek Wilderness on Wigwam Trail. My pack load was over 25 lbs. Drizzly off and on with a bit of hail for the trek in and the day in camp. Third day was gorgeous! We packed out and went to Cotopaxi for the night and did an awesome rafting trip, 26 miles down the Arkansas River. Water was very high and lively. (Usually 2000cf/second now 5000cf/second! Came home, caught my breath, did laundry and headed out to Telluride with my husband and my son's family (6 girls, youngest 2 months)! (June 22-27) We went through a snow squall to get there! First night went down to 26 degrees! We survived and had a great time. Days were quite warm. Went for a break-in ride this morning. Hope to get a few good rides in before shipping the bike for the great event.

Rudnicks - 3 generations in Telluride area.

Backpacking in Lost Creek Wilderness with great women. Me on far right.


June 6 - What a great day! Gavriel dropped me off in Golden for my second attempt at biking the 35 miles to home. (Actually to REI to turn in my bike for a tuneup and return some clothes. Gavriel will pick me up. This time I did not get lost in town, but I did go past the turn off to parallel Route 58 and ended up in a lovely meadow and neighborhood. Turned around and got back on track. Great ride down Clear Creek. A couple of little snakes slithered across the trail. Found my way through the detours. Stopped for lunch after 2 hours and 20 miles. Unfortunately, my action camera went haywire (it's okay now that it's home) so I didn't get any more pictures. The ride to the Platte seemed to take forever! (I forgot to bring my map) I made a crossing I didn't remember last time ( a lot of construction and landscaping going on). The scenery became very countrified. My seat was feeling very uncomfortable and I was getting pretty tired. I finally found an Adams County map and greenway rules sign post. Unfortunately, it did not say "You are here." An older couple was biking my way and I asked them where the nearest park might be (where I could rest and get Gavriel to find me. They were heading back to their car 3 miles away, so I followed them. It was really helpful having people I wanted to keep up with. I pulled off at a park before theirs. It turned out to be the Adams County Fairgrounds. Beautiful pond/lakes teaming with our big white pelicans. I've never seen so many. I also saw an osprey, snowy egrets, a hooded merganser, lots and lots of cormorants and some great blue herons. Seems I missed the turn-off for the Platte heading into Denver and continued downriver (North) on the Platte, almost to the airport! Gavriel couldn't believe it and it took him 30-40 minutes to get out there to pick me up. It was a beautiful ride, though and I did 36 miles over all!

Jefferson County Govt. Buildings - Golden, CO

South Table Mountain and neighborhood I got lost in.

Probably grain silos for the beer.

Clear Creek looking west towards Golden


I had planned to bike this morning with a friend, but it snowed last night and this morning. Just the week after planting our side garden. Hope it survives. So I went to the spin/circuit class.

No biking today!


May 19 - Went on a nice little ride with my oldest grand-daughter, Aviva. It would have been longer, but she was having issues with her bike. I guess it needs a tune-up. We saw a snowy egret at one of the riverside parks and I caught it on my new action-camera, donated by Vivitar.


Peaceful Clear Creek

Seems to be a tree graveyard. Literally tons of stumps!

I love the mountain views here!

Looking the other way.

Typical South Platte dry bed.

Saw a number of goose families. 11 goslings in this one.

I'm a train fan.

Confluence Park - downstream view. South Platte River

Confluence Park next to REI. A favorite stop.

Broncos' Stadium - about 10 minutes from home.

May 13 - Great ride on a beautiful day. Back on March 26 I tried to do the Clear Creek Trail from Golden, CO to my house (35 miles). Unfortunately,I wasn't able to make it do to trail closures/construction,but I did get in 26 miles, which was my record. Today, I started at home, went down to the S. Platte and followed it to Clear Creek and headed up stream. I found my way to where I had finished in March. Now that I know how to connect the segments, I need to find a day when I can do the whole thing! The day was beautiful with many sights and scents. A number of plant scents I couldn't identify but were very nice. One was sweet and fruity, another was spicy, reminiscent of sage mixed with rosemary and mint with a hint of sweet. As I rode by one neighborhood, the scent of lilacs wafted across my path.The water treatment plant and the meat packing plant weren't quite as pleasant.

The rest of the family.

Me and Thumb Rock

Megan, me, Leora and Adam

May 12 - What an amazing day! The weather was perfect. Met my daughter Megan and her family for a beautiful hike back behind Roxborough State Park. Leora (age 9) got tired out after the falls and about 2 miles, so Adam stayed with her in the meadow, while Megan and I did the loop from Thumb Rock. I did 6.38 miles carrying 20 pounds in Megan's backpack. This was to start training for my first (and probably only) 4-day backpacking trip in the mountains south of here in about a month. In the afternoon, I took my mom to the science museum to see the exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci. What an amazing genius. This exhibit focused more on his inventions rather than his artwork, but it included art as well. Finished with a family dinner at the deli. Had a great night's sleep.


Sunday it was in the 70s!



May 6 Gershon and I got a ride in before the rains came. We went down the gulch and up a side stream, then down to the South Platte and a long it for a bit. Wildflowers are starting to bloom along the riverbank and the blooming trees along Paco Sanchez Park were quite fragrant. I did a sprint up the hill on our way home and came within seconds of my best time. Later, we went to the Edgewater Community Center and got our free Silver Sneakers membership at their gym. It is a nice, quiet gym with a variety of equipment and not crowded. May 7 I went in for my 6:30AM Spin/Circuit exercise session. My instructor, Christine, is great and gives us a good workout. In the afternoon, I went back to the gym and did 2 miles on the treadmill and 2 miles on the spin cycle. It was another rainy day.


Flotilla of pelicans - wingspan 108"!

American White Pelican

Yesterday was a Perfect Day! Just in case our yard and house work took longer than expected, I started the morning with a 22 minute ride down to the South Platte River and back up. Got some nice hill work in. Then Gershon and I did some office clutter clean-out and some yard work, moving unwanted plants and planting bulbs. Work went smoothly and quickly, so we got in a joy-ride. We rode to Sloan's Lake and then up in its northern neighborhoods (a little more upscale). Charming old houses, interesting new ones and lots of gardening ideas. Back at the lake we sa a flotilla of some 9 American Pelicans. I've never seen so many! They are a magnificent bird. Gershon also caught sight of a muskrat swimming in the lake. What a good find. Very little of it breaks the water. At first he thought it was a submerged stick/small log, but it was moving! Sloan's Lake park was the epitome of Americana - families picnicking, kite flying, flag football playing, a small sailboat out for a spin, kayakers and paddle boarders.


Beautiful day! It's been too long since my last ride. What with Pesach, a new granddaughter (Miriam) born erev Pesach and getting my mom settled in assisted living I didn't get any rides in, but we did have a wonderful holiday week keeping the big sisters occupied away from the new attraction. We had shopping and errands to do on the East Side and Shabbos to prepare for, but we also have these lengthening days. Gershon (Gene) took my car with the bike rack to do the shopping. I took the bike to get a ride in and went down our Dry Gulch to the South Platte, down the South Platte to Cherry Creek, where the towns of Auraria and Denver first started around 1864. Then I headed up Cherry Creek Trail through downtown and met Gershon on the East Side. It was a great ride with all the trees in blossom and others greening up. I saw a Canada Goose fly up from the creek and into a tree! I've never seen a goose in a tree before. Saw a number of bunnies. Rode for 11 miles and a little over an hour. Hope you all are enjoying spring, too.

Cherry Creek Trail


Happy Taxes Day! We had a snowstorm last week, snow on Shabbos Hagadol (that has happened every year since 2012, except last year) and 72 degrees today. Mom's move is all finished. She is adjusting to her new environment and we are trying to get ready for Pesach. Nevertheless, I had to get out and get some training in. Did 10 miles, averaging 10 mph. around Sloan's lake a number of times. Saw Canada Geese and Cormorants (they are always there) and at least one American Coot. I'm looking forward to the return of the American White Pelican. Tomorrow I plan to workout at the gym with a Spin Circuit program of spinning and other exercises. Last Tuesday we concentrated on core exercises.

American Coot


Busy, crazy week with beautiful weather and no time for training. Moving my mom into assisted living and cleaning out her old place. I am getting a lot of exercise, though, moving furniture, packing and carrying boxes. Today I was able to squeeze in about 20 minutes on the spin bike at the gym and get the feel for what working out at 50 to 70 percent feels like. I averaged 70 percent, did some sprinting and some 'hill' work. Now it's time to get some Passover preparations done.


Eared Grebe

Another BEAUTIFUL day! Currently 70 degrees. This morning I went for distance. My son, Gavriel (aka Kyle), dropped me off at the Golden, CO government center. After a little misdirection I found the trail to the Clear Creek Trail. Got lost in the town of Golden, but a nice policeman showed me where to find it again. There was some good hill work. I hope to make it all the way to my house (35 miles, supposedly), but do to housing construction I lost the trail and had to head back to a park where I could get picked up. Nevertheless I had the longest ride of my life - 26 miles, and averaged 9.9 mph! I'm very happy with that. There are lots of marshes and ponds along the creek with many water birds. I think I saw an eared grebe. I meant to bring my camera, but forgot, so I got a picture from the internet.


Purim me

Another great day! Gershon and I did 14.76 miles along the South Platte. Had to contend with the wind, again. I achieved some personal bests on the trail and had a nice, full out power ride for a couple of minutes. The picture is from Purim. I dressed up as a biker.


Nice day today. Crocuses are blooming in our back yard and down the street. The daffodils have shot their leaves up and tulip leaves are up. Spring is in the air and today was great for a ride. I didn't have a lot of time, so I did 5 miles of hill work and had personal bests on 2 local inclines. Started on the core exercises recommended by the Tour de Simcha coach and feeling it in places.


Below is a picture of a color phase of Black Crowned Night Heron like we saw on Feb. 28th, along the South Platte. The regular ones have more of a distinction between the grey parts and white parts and very black feathers on the crown. We had an amazing blizzard on Wednesday, which dropped about 7 inches of wet snow, but today was very nice and most of the snow is gone, so Gershon and I biked down to REI to get the peddle off my bike and attach my new speed and cadence sensor. Unfortunately, it didn't work after we got it on, so we got a refund and continued to bike up Cherry Creek. Our ride today was bout 10 miles and I did a personal record on coming up Paco Sanchez Park hill. Thank you to you all for your support. I'm almost to the 'starting line' (qualifyng to go on the ride).

Black Crowned Night Heron


What a BEAUTIFUL day! I decided to take advantage of it and bundled up for a ride at 38 degrees. It really wasn't bad with all that sunshine. By the time I finished it was about 44. I left home around a little after 12:30, headed down to the Gulch and on to the South Platte. I went up river almost to Chattfield State Park. There was construction which kept me from getting there. Had to reroute Gershon for picking me up. Got in 17 miles in about 2 hours. Had a really rough head wind. I should sleep well tonight!

Northern Shovelers on the South Platte


In the upper 50s today. Gershon and I went for a nice, long, leisurely bike. 13.9 miles until my Fitbit battery ran out, so at least 14 miles. We went down the Dry Creek gully to the Platte and headed upriver. Saw lots of Northern Shovelers, a duck with a very wide bill. They pair off and go round in circles together with their heads in the water. We also saw Buffleheads and Hooded Mergansers. Sooo beautiful! On the way back home, Gershon saw a large bird land in a tree near shore. We were able to get very close. It was one of the smaller herons. It did not have the black on the head of the Night Heron. It's beak was yellowish with a little black. It was light in color, but not white. It has me baffled. The ride felt great after a week of having flu-like symptoms that put me down for a couple days. Thanks to all you supporters I'm $800 away from my goal. If you know of anyone who might be interested helping out, send them to my page.

Great day for a ride!


Joined a community gym that just opened, where I was spinning for free for trial classes. Now they have a regular schedule and the beginner spinning and yoga classes are free with the membership. I spun last Tuesday and today. I'm hanging in there. It is quite a workout! I also got a stand for riding my bike inside and set it up in the basement. Sure wish I could import the outside scenery.


Beautiful Day for a bike ride!

Gorgeous day! Currently 58 degrees. Had a great ride. Did 13 miles along the South Platte River. Averaged 10 miles an hour. Had a really tough head wind on the way back. In first gear on the flats! Stopped at REI to have my seat adjusted, at the end of my ride. Now I can stand when I do hills. YAY! My son, Gavriel, picked me up at the park near REI. This felt really good.


My bike ride was yesterday, the 27th.

Don't think I'll be biking anytime soon.

Yay! I got a ride in! I hoped to go 12 miles, and the day looked good. It was 51 degrees, but when I got down to Sloan's Lake the wind had kicked up to 8 mph with gusts (which lasted a bit) up to 17 mph. I made it around the lake twice before heading home. I did get in 6 miles and a good bit of that felt like up hill because of the wind. I was in almost the lowest gear to fight it on flat land! Today we have snow.


My availability has not coincided with our good-weather days. I haven't been idle, though. I'm trying to get the hang of spinning. It is quite a workout. Fitbit had a workout day north of here on Sunday and I went. It felt good while I was doing it but I'm still feeling those muscles. I've upped my daily steps and am trying to get 4.5 miles in per day. They're calling for snow tomorrow morning and 40's for Friday and Shabbos. Maybe Sunday, when it's 52, I'll get a chance to bike again.


Snow again today. Did not ride this week,though yesterday would have been good - 60 degrees and no wind. I did train, however. My friend and partner in this endeavor, Aviva Polter, suggested we do spinning at the new rec center to get in shape, so we tried it last night. What a workout! Thank you, Elaine Brasch, for the tip about padded bike shorts. I found a pair at half price at REI and picked them up before class. What a comfort saver! Thank you all for helping out with this. Out of 142 riders,at the moment, Aviva and I are numbers 5 & 2 with donors and 10 & 7 for amount raised.


sNOw biking today!


Dec. 27 Friends from Atlanta came in to ski and stayed with us off and on. They left today. It has been cold. Maybe winter is coming. Too cold for biking outside so did some cycling at the gym. Dec. 30 Got up to 50 today. Overcast and expecting snow (3-7 overnight and tomorrow), but I thought I'd get some biking in while I could. Gershon and I went down to Clear Creek at Pecos St. I biked as far as Sheridan and back - 6 miles. Averaged 11 mph with some mild hills and a good bit of wind. Gershon turned back early since he didn't have a windbreaker.


Dec. 20 - Did about 15 minutes of hill work and averaged 8 miles per hour. I'm pretty happy about that. Enjoying the sunny weather, but I wish we would get some rain or snow. It is very dry around here.


Dec. 5 - Rode 10 miles averaging 8.9 mph. Went around 3 times and then when to Dry Gulch to get a little hill practice in. Dec. 10 - Went biking with Gershon. Beautiful day with no wind. What a difference that makes! Did 8.7 miles, mostly in high gears. The one hill I have done in the lowest gears I did in mid gears this time. I averaged 9 mph. Dec. 16 - Worked the hills in the gulch for 23 minutes. Did 2.9 miles averaging 8.3 mph. Feeling stronger every day. Dec. 17 - Temperatures in the high 50s! Gershon and I rode down to REI. 3.13 miles averaging 11.7 mph. On the way Isaw a bunch of hooded mergansers. The males are in fine feathers. We stopped to shop then went a little further down the South Platte River and headed home 3.9 miles averaging 7.9. It's more up hill. We saw more mergansers and a male bufflehead. Neither are native to this area. A beautiful red fox nonchalantly crossed our path. Thank You, Hashem, for a great ride!


Dec. 5, 2:30 45 degrees. Another beautiful day! Went around the lake 3 times and did a little of Dry Gulch. Did 10 miles in just over an hour. Got a little hill work in, too. Little by little I should get there.


Dec. 4, 2:31 39 degrees Beautiful day! Decided to start "training" and went for a 6 mile ride. (I haven't been on my bike in months.) Starting easy. I rode to Sloan's Lake and went around twice. Saw a bald eagle standing on the ice in the lake on the southwest side. Pretty cool. There is snow on the mountains.


raised of $7,000 goal


1. Darice Maram
2. Marilyn Manolson
In honor of a really cool lady with an amazing spirit! You go, girl! :)
3. Gregg Hayutin
We are happy to be able to help...This is in honor of Julian Sage Hayutin Weingarten, and Peter Weingarten....
5. Suellen Mack
Be safe. Michael and Suellen
6. Chana Rudnick
In honor of my children and grandchildren. Thank You, Hashem.

Riding in Recovery of


Age: 12

Chana was born with epilepsy, and seizures have been part of her life since she was four. She is determined to enjoy life, and had the summer of a lifetime at Camp Simcha Special this year.
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