BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Three challenging days and 180 miles later cyclists crossed the finish line ending the annual Trek Across Maine. The goal is to raise money for the American Lung Association, but for one of the largest teams participating they suddenly had another reason to ride.
During the first leg of the three day ride, Athenahealth teammate David LeClair was fatally hit by a passing truck.
Athenahealth team member Jaime McIntosh said, "We were given the option that if we couldn't continue we could stop. But everybody kind of pulled together and kept going. We rode for him and it's like a I kept telling everybody if it were me I would want people to continue riding because you know it is what we're there for. We rode for our team member."
McIntosh is one of nearly 150 cyclists who rode for the Athenahealth team this year. She is one of many that as she crossed the finish line she was thinking of one.
"Every mile was a prayer for his life and a celebration of him," said McIntosh.
At the finish line, the cheer section showed LeClair's smiling face as a way to honor, remember, and celebrate his life.
Fellow employees who worked with David remember him as someone would who stop whatever he was doing to help others.
His tragedy has inspired several to take part in next year's trek.