In the time leading up to RIDETZ, we will introduce the wonderful, enthusiastic people who make up 2016’s team of adventurers. This way, you can learn about the riders before they leave, and then you can follow along on our blog for updates on their journeys as we post throughout the ride! They take off on June 18th for this once in a lifetime experience. Today, we are thrilled to introduce first-time rider and dedicated supporter of TFFT, Laura Boorman.
- Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, where my parents and two younger sisters still live. I graduated from the University of Virginia, worked in Washington, D.C. for a couple of years as a paralegal, and then moved to Richmond, VA to attend the University of Richmond School of Law. After graduating from law school, I returned to D.C., where I still currently live.
- What do you do for work?
I am a lawyer. I work for a law firm in Washington, D.C. and I practice primarily regulatory environmental law. I also maintain a pro bono practice representing juvenile asylum seekers.
- What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy being active, and I particularly love running, hiking, and yoga. I have run a couple of marathons and half marathons, and am currently searching for my next race! I also love art and spend a lot of my free time painting in both watercolor and oil. Traveling is another one of my favorite hobbies. While I certainly love exploring new places, countries, and cultures, I also really like to visit friends and family.
- Who is your inspiration in life?
Definitely my parents. My mom and dad have made it possible for my sisters and me to go on adventures, pursue our passions, and try new things, and they have always offered many different forms of help and support along the way.
- How did you hear about RIDETZ?
My sister, Maggie Boorman, has been involved with The Foundation for Tomorrow for several years. She has always talked about wanting to participate in RIDETZ, and she convinced me to join her!
- What inspired you to ride this June?
Over the last several years, I have learned about the many wonderful things that TFFT is doing to help young people in Tanzania. I have also had the pleasure of learning about many of the individuals that benefit from TFFT’s work, hearing their stories, and seeing their (always) smiling faces in photographs. Now, I can’t wait to see that hard work in action and meet all of TFFT’s impressive scholars in person!
- Are you celebrating any milestone with RIDETZ?
Yes! I am celebrating my 30th birthday just before we leave for Tanzania!
- What is your favorite place to ride? (Besides Tanzania, of course!)
My favorite place to ride my bike is at the beach with my family. We love exploring and it is one of our favorite pastimes while we’re on vacation together. Otherwise, I enjoy riding along the C&O Towpath and the Capital Crescent Trails in Washington, D.C. (you can take the trails from Virginia, through D.C., and into Maryland!).