Missing man's memory to fund first-time Cycle Oregon riders
RIDDLE, Ore. - Mark Bosworth said goodnight to friends at the Cycle Oregon camp and vanished without a trace.
At the 2013 Cycle Oregon Kickoff Party on Tuesday, Feb. 5, family and friends of Bosworth will launch a fund in his name that will send fellow cyclists to Cycle Oregon, a yearly event near and dear to Mark's heart.
"When Mark went missing from Cycle Oregon on Sept 16, 2011 we all thought that the nightmare would end soon," said Julie Bosworth, Mark's wife. "As the days and weeks stretched on and on until now we're into the second year of missing Mark, his disappearance continues to be a mystery. However, I know for a fact that Mark would love the idea of having his name attached to a scholarship designed to get a first-time rider to experience Cycle Oregon, removing cost as an obstacle. Mark was always fixing bikes, lending bikes, helping people to get on their bikes and to gain confidence on their bikes. The Mark Bosworth Fund is another step in what Mark loved to do his entire life."
The Mark Bosworth Fund will sponsor a first-time rider in Cycle Oregon each year. The fundraising goal is $30,000 for this year, with nearly half of that already raised. The money will cover the fee for the week-long Cycle Oregon ride, including meals and the tent and porter fee.
Family and friends have searched the woods and the World Wide Web since September 16, 2011, receiving the help of famous cyclists and checking more than 4,450 hospitals in the U.S.
Bosworth's family even revealed private health information about the missing man's past battles with cancer. His doctors suspected the symptoms Bosworth showed days before he disappeared could mean he has an abnormality in his brain.
While he was away at Cycle Oregon but before he disappeared, Bosworth told his wife Julie by phone that he was in Canada.
He also fell asleep in a stranger’s car.
In the days after he vanished, Bosworth’s family said he may think it’s 10 or 20 years ago. Given his confusion, here are some of the places Bosworth may be trying to reach:
• New York City – he lived there for 10 years.
• Minnesota and Iowa – his daughters went to college in both states.
• Chicago; Santa Cruz, Calif.; North Carolina, Missouri and Florida – he has family ties.
There's a $10,000 reward for information that leads to finding Bosworth. Anyone with information about Mark's disappearance should call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch line at (541) 440-4471.