Clean Air Challenge was a ride and event that meant a lot to Renate Schnell. She first began riding in honor of her mother whom she lost to lung disease. Riding in the Clean Air Challenge also reminded her of when she did a bike trip across Germany with her brother. She kept riding Clean Air Challenge and bringing along her kids, co-workers and friends because she always had fun. Renate took pride in what she committed to, so she always made her best effort to be a top fundraiser, and she won a bike one year which each one of her daughters has ridden in the event since her death.
Renate's children, Dagny Smith, Chris Hill, Farrah McLaughlin, and Sabrina Hargrave have chosen to honor their mother's memory through the Clean Air Challenge, and along the way they've touched hundreds of Alaskans with their story and those of their many team members who have also been touched by lung disease.
Clean Air Challenge happens on Mother's Day weekend, which is also Renate's birthday week, so it has become a family tradition to honor her by continuing her legacy of fundraising and cycling for the American Lung Association each year. All of Renate’s four children and their families, kids and all, along with dozens of friends have participated in this Mother’s Day tradition. In the five years since Renate passed and Team Renate Schnell was created, they have raised over $340,000 for clean air and healthy lungs.
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