Ararat 11’s Roobik Asadorian is ready to go the distance for worthy Armenian causes.

Mountaineer and cyclist extraordinaire Roobik Asadorian is taking the LA2DC 2800-mile Ride for Recognition relay to the extreme. At the same time, he is upholding the Ararat 11 tradition of performing feats of endurance and strength to help raise funds for worthy Armenian causes. This year, the Armenian EyeCare Project (AECP) is Roobik’s charity of choice. All donations from the U.S. are tax-deductible.

“I am overwhelmed by his generosity and  endurance and humbled by Roobik’s efforts to raise awareness of the EyeCare Project in such a physical way. There are not so many who could do this feat. I am proud to be one of the first to donate to this very worthy cause.”

Roger Ohanesian MD
President, Armenian EyeCare Project

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The challenge

This year, Roobik has challenged himself to ride one of the two legs of the LA2DC relay every day of the entire run. This will cover a distance of about 1500 miles (approx.110 miles per day). That means pushing his powers of physical and mental endurance to the max. It’s a goal considered unprecedented even in the world of professional competitive races, including the Tour de France.

The motivation

The groundbreaking goal of riding for 14 days takes double the motivation. So Roobik is not only riding for genocide awareness and prevention but also in behalf of the life-changing work of the Armenian EyeCare Project (AECP).

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“If my grandparents could survive the death marches through the unforgiving desert, I can do this.” 

Roobik Asadorian was born in Iran and raised in what was then a thriving Armenian community in Tehran. In 1981 he moved to the United States. In 2006, he tried mountain biking for the first time and was instantly fascinated by the sport. Soon he committed himself to mountain biking on a regular basis, in and around the mountains of southern California. He has also participated in several Century rides in California and surrounding states.

Roobik’s love of biking emanates from his passion for nature and practicing a healthy lifestyle. He was one of the members of Ararat 11, a team of Armenians from the U.S. and Canada that summited Mt. Ararat in 2010.  Roobik resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

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Your support 

Roobik has requested that all donations be made to the Armenian EyeCare Project (AECP). Your tax-deductible donation to AECP, a non-profit organization with a truly inspiring track record and decades of success stories, will help children and adults all across Armenia enjoy the gift of sight. For more information about the amazing work of AECP, click here. www.eyecareproject.com

By donating to AECP in honor of Roobik’s Ride, you are also sending a vote of confidence to Roobik for undertaking this ambitious goal on the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Please give as generously as you can between now and May 7th, when the LA2DC relay concludes. Be sure to enter Roobik’s Ride in the Tributee/Honoree section of the donation page.

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