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By Elizabeth Wolford

On September 6th, 2008, Best Buddies International will hold the Audi Best Buddies Challenge-Hearst Castle. This event is a premier cycling ride from Carmel to the renowned Hearst Castle in San Simeon.

The 100-mile ride begins at the Chateau Julien Winery in Carmel with a festive sendoff. The 62-mile begins at the Big Sur Ranger Station in Big Sur along the Pacific Coast Highway while the 15-mile begins at Ragged Point about 15 miles north of the Hearst Castle. Participants will enjoy amazing views as they wind their way along the Pacific.

Two exciting events will be taking place at William Randolph Hearst Beach, the finish village, after the ride. This year we are excited to announce the first run/walk at the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle. The Carl Lewis Challenge is open to all ages, and all abilities. The walk will be approximately three kilometers; the run, which will be timed and open to competition, will be approximately five kilometers.

The Friendship Races are short style events that pair participants with intellectual disabilities with celebrity and special guests. It's at the races that you see the spirit of Best Buddies programs in action as "Buddy pairs" hit the course for laps of fun and friendly, spirited competition.

After finishing, every rider will enjoy food, drinks, hot showers and professional massages before heading over to the Hearst Ranch for the post-ride celebrations. Those special celebrations include a gourmet clam and lobster bake with special entertainment by the Grammy Award winning Black Eyed Peas.

All of the money raised will support Best Buddies in their efforts to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and employment.

100% of money raised by e-Buddies participants will fund e-Buddies! On your registration form, be sure to say that you were referred by "Lisa Derx," and that you found out about the Audi Best Buddies Challenge-Hearst Castle from "e-Buddies E-mail."

For more information about the Audi Best Buddies Challenge-Hearst Castle, please visit

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