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July 3, 2013

For their own superhero -- and others

Team rides in Pan Mass Challenge in thanks for son's cancer remission

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In honor of her incredible sons, Lent will be riding the 192 miles from Sturbridge to Provincetown in her fifth Pan Mass Challenge Aug. 3 and 4. A fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund, Lent will be riding alongside her husband and five others as part of Team Superhero.

“I’m not sure which is worse, the biking or the fundraising,” said a laughing Lent, who trains about four to six hours a week for the Challenge. The Superhero team will be holding a fundraiser at Flatbread Co. in Amesbury next Tuesday, where the popular restaurant will donate $3.50 for every large pizza sold and $1.50 for every small.

“It’s tough,” Lent said of the Challenge itself. “One hundred miles the one day and 99 the next. The first day it is a lot of uphill and the last day, when you get into Provincetown, you’re going over the dunes and it’s 80-90 degrees. It’s fun stuff.

“But as you’re riding, you’re riding next to somebody and you share your stories. You hear why they are riding. Then you are more inspired and you see the people who are cheering you on along every road you are on. Then there are the pictures of the kids who are fighting it or have lost their battle and if you didn’t train, you couldn’t ride it.”

Nowadays, when not training or fundraising, Lent gets to enjoy her family, which includes a daughter, Emma, 13.

“If you met Eliot and Ethan, you wouldn’t think that they were brothers,” said Lent. “One has dark brown hair and his brother has blond hair. One is 20 pounds heavier than the other one and he is two and a half years younger. Eliot is this big kid who is smart and kind and I guess he was put here to do something.”

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