2016 Pioneer Page

December 01,2015

Cheer on Team PH

To open 2016, Team PHenomenal Hope enters a new style of endurance race that will test the limits of our athletes: endurance mountain biking.

Our Goal: Fundraise $15,057 to raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension!

Help us raise $1for every meter climbed!


Please support us in this ultimate race to make a difference by donating to support funding for life-saving research! 
Here is how to follow us: http://pioneerlive.trackme.bike

Look for teams 230 & 254


Donate Today!

And now:

Announcing the Reata Match Fund: Your donation will go even farther to support us! For every dollar you donate, Reata will match it dollar-for-dollar for the next $5000! That means that when we hit $8142, it will become a whopping $13,142! So please donate and make your dollar count!

Sponsor a stage

Gather your colleagues and group and make a group donation of at least $500 and we will call out you, your program, or to whomever you want to dedicate that stage to. For a minimum donation of $1000, we’ll  make a special call out at the start or finish!

  1. Stage 1: A dedication to our friends in the New Zealand PAH Community & in memory of Philippa
  2. Stage 2: Boston University Pulmonary Hypertension Program
  3. Stage 3: Pacific Pulmonary Vascular Institute of Oregon Pulmonary Associates
  4. Stage 4: UPMC Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Program
  5. Stage 5: Fitness in a Heartbeat
  6. Stage 6: Pat Craft, Brooks and Jen Broadhurst, and David Rudis.
  7. Stage 7: Dedicated to the PH community around the world!


Bonus: Raffle

Every donation will make you eligible for our raffle
First prize: An official Team PHenomenal Hope 2016 jersey!
Second Prize: Gift card to REI.
Third Prize: Team Phenomenal Hope T-shirt
Winners to be announced on February 29, 2016.

The Cause

Racing to make a difference in the lives of PH patients, around the world. In our first major event of the year, we’re racing abroad to help bring global awareness to this disease. And this year it’s personal. When we push ourselves, we recognize we are racing for a with those who live everyday with pulmonary hypertension. People like Gary, Sandra, and Philippa. Read more about their stories here:

Gary’s Story     Sandra’s Story     Philippa’s Story

The race

We are sending two duos to New Zealand to race in The Pioneer through New Zealand’s pristine Southern Alps. January 31 – February 6, 2016.

7days of racing

This is the first race of its kind to link together over 500km of farm tracks, NZ Cycle Trails, double track and single track riding in a very special part of the world where soaring mountain peaks, crystal-clear blue lakes, and golden high country await. Racers must race as duos and keep within 2 minutes of one another. This is the back-country, after all.

15,057metres of climbing

Racers must race as duos and keep within 2 minutes of one another


Saturday, January 23 3PM Auckland Time (Friday, January 22 9PM EST) – Team PH – NZ Patient online meeting, hosted by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association – Join us for a webinar and online Q&A about the race, the team, and why we’re racing The Pioneer!

Tuesday, January 26 – Depart USA

Thursday, January 28 – Arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand

Friday, January 29 – Pre-ride course, meet up with local PH community in Christchurch

Saturday, January 30 – Register for The Pioneer

Sunday, January 31 at 8AM – The race begins! Christchurch Prologue 37 km

Monday, February 1 – Geraldine to Fairlie 106km

Tuesday, February 2 – Fairlie to Lake Tekapo 74km

Wednesday, February 3 – Lake Tekapo to Lake Ohau 111 km

Thursday, February 4 – Lake Ohau to Hawea 107 km

Friday, February 5 – Hawea to Snow Farm 60 km

Saturday, February 6 – Snow Farm to Queenstown 52 km

Sunday, February 7 – Recover in Queenstown

Monday, February 8 – Depart for USA

Support Team PH

Not only do we intend to crush the Southern Alps, but we want to crush our fundraising goal and raise one dollar per for every meter climbed – that is over $15,000 that will support pulmonary hypertension research and patient services. And for this, we need YOU! Please join us in this race a donate today to Team PHenomenal Hope – The Pioneer.

Donate Today!
Online donations are handled through our fundraising partners at Crowdrise

Checks or money orders may be mailed to Team PHenomenal Hope at our home office address:

Team PHenomenal Hope, Inc.
1936 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 877-6-GO-HOPE (877-646-4673)


Press release: 12/21/2015

Corporate Sponsors

We would like to recognize and thank our 2016 corporate sponsors for their support in making the New Zealand Pioneer possible!


Bayer HealthCare

Actelion Pharmaceuticals

Our Pioneer New Zealand team includes Harrison “Hap” Farber, pulmonary hypertension specialist from Boston University with a penchant for ultra endurance racing, who will team up with Patricia George, UPMC PH specialist who is stepping way beyond her comfort zone into this new extreme sport.

They are joined by our women’s team of Thea Kent, mountain biker powerhouse from Boston, Kristen Engle, general surgeon and fearless cyclist living in Pittsburgh with a love for the trails. Together these two teams of two will be racing in New Zealand, using this event as a lightning rod to raise awareness about pulmonary hypertension and funds to find a cure.

Mountain biking

With this race and our team yet again expands to new horizons, sending racers off road and over mountains, racing for those who work to breathe. The athletes will bring special bikes with large wheels and knobby tires to take on gravel, boulders, creeks, and whatever else stands in their way.

New hemisphere

Our team continues to grow, and continues to push our boundaries in new races, new places, with the hope that we will rally people to help make a difference in the lives of those living with PH.

Why we race

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a disease with many treatments but still no cure. People living with PAH often don’t look sick, but often become tired and short of breath with exertion making basic activities like climbing stairs or playing with their grandchildren a challenge.

Fortunately, there are medications that help many patients, but not all patients respond to therapy. When the disease progresses, it leads to heart failure, and some patients require lung transplants to survive.

We are racing with the pulmonary hypertension community to make a difference, and we hope you will join us in supporting research for a cure.

Team PHenomenal Hope races to raise awareness about pulmonary hypertension and funds to find a cure.

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