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Ballard Spahr raises $33K at Komen Maryland Promise Ride

From left, Ballard Spahr team members Len Forkas, president of Milestone Communications; Roger Winston, a partner with Ballard Spahr; Jay Epstien, a partner with DLA Piper; and David Zesiger, senior counsel with the Federal Communications Commission, pose for a photo during the fourth annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Promise Ride. (Photo courtesy of Ballard Spahr)

From left, Ballard Spahr team members Len Forkas, president of Milestone Communications; Roger Winston, a partner with Ballard Spahr; Jay Epstien, a partner with DLA Piper; and David Zesiger, senior counsel with the Federal Communications Commission, pose for a photo during the fourth annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Promise Ride. (Photo by Dennis Dame)

Ballard Spahr partners Roger Winston and Justin Klein wait at the sign-up table. (Photo courtesy of Ballard Spahr)

Ballard Spahr partners Roger Winston and Justin Klein wait at the sign-up table. (Photo by Dennis Dame)

Ballard Spahr riders celebrate with well-wishers during the fourth annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Promise Ride. (Photo courtesy of Ballard Spahr)

Ballard Spahr riders celebrate during the fourth annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Promise Ride. (Photo by Dennis Dame)

Desmond D. Connall Jr., a partner with Ballard Spahr, addresses the team at the fourth annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Promise Ride. Connall has organized Ballard Spahr’s entry in the race for the past four years. (Photo courtesy of Ballard Spahr)

Desmond D. Connall Jr., a partner with Ballard Spahr, addresses the team at the fourth annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Promise Ride. Connall has organized Ballard Spahr’s entry in the race for the past four years. (Photo by Dennis Dame)

Desmond D. Connall Jr., a partner with Ballard Spahr, pedals his way along the course. (Photo courtesy of Ballard Spahr)

Desmond D. Connall Jr., a partner with Ballard Spahr, pedals his way along the course. (Photo by Dennis Dame)

Cyclists take off at the start of the fourth annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Promise Ride at South River High School in Edgewater. (Photo courtesy of Ballard Spahr)

Cyclists take off at the start of the fourth annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Promise Ride at South River High School in Edgewater. (Photo by Dennis Dame)

Roger Winston, a partner with Ballard Spahr, waves to the crowd during the ride. (Photo courtesy of Ballard Spahr)

Roger Winston, a partner with Ballard Spahr, waves to the crowd during the ride. (Photo by Dennis Dame)

A team of 33 riders from the Baltimore and Washington offices of law firm Ballard Spahr cycled more than 100 miles and raised nearly $33,000 at the fourth annual Susan G. Komen Maryland Promise Ride June 22 at South River High School in Edgewater.

The Ballard Spahr team, which consisted of firm lawyers, staff, friends, family and clients, is organized each year by firm partner Desmond D. Connall Jr. He participates in the event to honor of his late wife, who died of breast cancer in 2014. The team has raised more than $150,000 in the four years it has participated in the Maryland ride.

The event featured 10-, 35-, 67- and 100-mile routes which began and ended at South River High School and ran through country roads in southern Anne Arundel County. The ride was fully supported by SAG vehicles, police and motorcycle guides and participants enjoyed a pre-race breakfast and a post-ride celebration at the start/finish site. Cyclists also enjoyed themed rest stops throughout the coursrs at every 12 to 15 miles on the long routes and halfway on the 10-mile route.

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