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$10,500 anonymous donation means local cyclocross race meets fundraising goal for safe drinking water projects

An anonymous donation of more than $10,500 has enabled a recent South Sound professional cyclocross event to meet its fundraising goal for safe drinking water projects in Liberia and Nepal.

The California man, who has asked not to be identified, also paid for the title sponsorship of the Waves for Water Cyclocross Coalition. Waves for Water is a non-profit organization based in Santa Monica that takes portable water filters to impoverished countries. The donor is not employed by the organization and did not race in the event but attended as a spectator, said race director Zac Daab.

Organizers of the Dec. 6-7 races at Marymount Event Center in Spanaway and Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood hoped to raise $20,000 for Waves for Water. But as of Monday, Dec. 15, the total was less than $10,000.

The cyclocross races’ participation was hampered by the fact organizers, Seattle-based Low Pressure Promotions, had very little time to work on the event. The event was organized in short order to replace a race that was canceled in Bend, Oregon.

About 500 riders participated each day. Organizers have expressed interest in staging the event again next year.

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