A little over a year ago, Ken Parkington passed away. While he may not be here with us, his memory lives on through his wife, Ann, and his family. Ann wrote to us to share a bit about Ken and his story.
Who was ken parkington?
Ken was an avid cyclist and rode every day he could. He rode his bike on the Tour de France course prior to the pros and climbed Mont Generous twice. Additionally, Ken loved to climb. We were fortunate to live near some wonderful climbing sites in the mountains of West Virginia for 15 years, so he was able to feed that desire regularly.
Ken’s career at the YMCA spanned 35 years. After his retirement, he went back to school and became a physical therapy assistant. While he was only able to work in the field for about six years due to his progressing Parkinson’s, he loved helping and working with his patients. He also loved biking with his grandchildren; he had 11!
How did Ken get involved with Team DPF?
Ken followed racing intensely and volunteered as a course marshall for many years at the Tour de Georgia and several years at the Tour of California. It was at the Tour of California that Ken met and had a lovely conversation with Davis Phinney. Ken spoke fondly of their meeting and conversation. While Ken was not able to join the Tour de Victory, racing with Davis would have definitely been a wonderful opportunity.
What were some of Ken’s highlights in his cycling career?
Ken loved cycling anywhere and everywhere he could. Pictured here is him summiting Mont Ventoux in Provence, France. He also was a huge fan of Phil Ligget. Without even knowing the Foundation’s story, he shared his victories with the world every day.
Want to join the Tour de Victory in honor of Ken and others affected by Parkinson’s?
The Tour de Victory Cycling Challenge is a non-competitive fundraising event benefitting the Davis Phinney Foundation. Riders enjoy the scenic backroads of Boulder County, cruising along well-marked routes designed to suit cyclists of all abilities. Riders can choose a 100K, 50K, or 20K distance or discover the challenge of the new gravel option. Fully supported with stocked rest stops and on-route technical, medical, and SAG assistance, participants return to join volunteers, donors, and supporters for a catered lunch and entertainment. Register here or contact Lauren Kehn at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can get involved. To share her support, Ann Parkington is making it possible for five riders to register and ride the Tour De Victory for free in honor of Ken.