Friday, November 17, 2006

Bernie Kaeferlein, Team Director

Bernie Kaeferlein, Team Director

Born: Tulsa, OK
Grew up in: Canon City, CO
Home: Champlin, MN
Address: 10910 Woodland Drive North, Champlin, MN 55316

Age: 36

What got you started in athletic endurance events, and what attracts you to RAAM? I got hooked on endurance events through 24 hour mountain bike racing. What attracts me to RAAM is combining my passions and talents to accomplish an epic adventure of the body and of the heart. Competing and completing RAAM is an adventure of a lifetime and a chance to discover what I am truly capable of. RAAM is also a wonderful way to raise awareness and funding for Camp Odayin, a camp for kids with heart disease.

Family status: Married for 13 years and going strong. Three children, age 12 (boy), age 9 (boy) and age 5 (girl)

Education: I did my undergrad at the University of Northern Colorado and received a BA in Kinesiology. I did my grad school at the University of Minnesota in Exercise Physiology focusing on clinical applications of Cardiopulmonary Physiology and Statistics

Occupation: Senior Marketing Manager for Medtronic Cardiac Surgery

Why are you interested in raising funds and awareness for Camp Odayin? Each year 32,000 babies are born in the US with cardiovascular defects. Children with heart disease are not often afforded the opportunity to attend camps due to health risks and medical issues.

Camp Odayin is a non profit organization dedicated to providing the camp experience to these special young people through week long residence camps, day camps and family camps providing campers and families the opportunity to meet others with similar health, emotional and social concerns. Camp Odayin is made available regardless of number of scars, scope of disease or physical abilities and is staffed by volunteer pediatric cardiologists, nurses and non-medical staff. To top it off, the experience is provided at no cost to the campers (aside from a $25 document processing fee).

Other sports of interest, if any: There are other sports? Backyard dodge ball with the neighborhood kids and skiing in Colorado.

Best Performance (not necessarily the fastest, just your favorite): 24 hours of Afton. Gorgeous venue, great mix of climbs, descents and technical single track…and outstanding people! It’s a race I look forward to and dread all at the same time, but the tremendous sense of accomplishment keeps me coming back. In 2006, our team finished 1st in Vets and 2nd overall.

Outline of your typical weekly training: Long rides on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with fast pace lines and hill climbing on Tuesday. Commuting to work 2 to 4 days a week.

Dream Goal: To look back on my life and know that I was the best father, husband and human being that I could possibly be.

Biggest obstacle to reaching your Dream Goal: Absolutely nothing!

Favorite fuel source for events - what you eat on long events: Leftover (cold) Chipotle burritos with extra sour cream and guacamole, rice pudding and tons of Clif Bars

Most valued person in your life: It might sound cliché, but it’s my wife and children. They are the wind beneath my wings and the beat of my heart. They inspire me.

Your #1 hero (may be the same as above): Anybody who gets out into the world to love and help other people.

Favorite quote or words to live by: “Live well, laugh often, love much.”

What you'd like to say to a group of like-minded endurance cycling athletes and/or a news reporter: Sing the praises of Camp Odayin and primary sponsors, thank an incredible team for pulling us all through this epic journey and…they joy in life is about the journey, not the destination.

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