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, Maggie Rogers.

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1. Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Lake Bluff, Illinois. However, my home away from home for the past 4 years has been Orange, California. It has been a wonderful experience living in a new place, but I am ready to head back east and be closer to home.

2. What do you do for work?

I am a psychology student at Chapman University. Soon to be a graduate!

3. What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I love to journal, do yoga, read, go to spin class, and stalk puppy photos on Instagram. Also, because I’m far from home I spend a lot of time on the phone with the people I love and miss.

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4. Who is your inspiration in life?

I find inspiration in people who live passionately. I like to surround myself with people who dream big and seek growth opportunities eagerly. However, my greatest source of inspiration is my family. My parents put their hearts into every task they take on and have worked tirelessly to provide my sisters and me with limitless opportunities. My sisters have made the most of these opportunities, and both have fearlessly embraced career paths in which they improve the lives of others. I have some crazy cool people to look up to in my life.

5. How did you hear about RIDETZ?

I have known about RIDETZ for many years, thanks to the wonderful Kaitlin Rogers, dedicated TFFT employee and weirdo big sister. She originally discovered TFFT when she was asked to photograph RIDETZ six years ago, and she fell in love with the organization. Since then, I have seen Kaitlin, my brother-in- law Marc, my Aunt Pam, and many other inspiring people conquer the ride!

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6. What inspired you to ride this June?

Ever since my parents began sponsoring Joyce through TFFT, it has been a bucket list item of mine to go to Tanzania, meet Joyce, and see some of the incredible work being done through TFFT. After studying abroad in Madrid last year, I had been bitten by the travel bug and was eager to make post-grad travel plans. It seemed that RIDETZ 2016 would be ideal timing because of my graduation, and it’s better than your average post-grad trip because it supports the very best cause!!

7. Are you celebrating any milestone with RIDETZ?

I am celebrating my college graduation! I truly cannot think of a greater way to celebrate the completion of my undergraduate education than by accomplishing this feat to support the education of others.

8. What is your favorite place to ride? (Besides Tanzania, of course!)

The beautiful Southern California has been my home for all RIDETZ training! Unfortunately, I have to make do riding my teal beach cruiser (who goes by the name Tracy) for now, but I certainly cannot complain about the location or weather.

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