Dana Point, CA. On Sunday, May 4 the city of Dana Point will host the 8th annual
Dana Point Grand Prix (DPGP).
Worthington & Caron is proud to sponsor this event, which features the John Johnson Pro Criterium.
The Grand Prix will feature 10 races from sun up to sun down, music, kids
races, a craft beer tent, great food and a special tribute to the Johnson
Family and their efforts to help establish the Zumwalt Mesothelioma
Treatment Center within the Veteran's Administration. For the past four years, the
DPGP has been touted as the biggest single day bike race in the U.S. The
racing begins at 7 a.m. sharp.
The John Johnson Pro Criterium promises to electrify an anticipated crowd
of 15,000 fans lining a six turn course on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point.
John Johnson was a veteran and plumber who was poisoned by asbestos, contracted mesothelioma,
sought aggressive treatment, fought the legal fight, but ultimately succumbed
to the disease. After his death, the Johnson family continued the fight
by increasing public awareness of this horrible disease which disproportionately
affects military veterans, by providing initial funding for a mesothelioma
treatment center at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, and by pushing
for changes in the law which impact the rights of all mesothelioma sufferers.
We are honored to have the privilege of introducing the Johnson Family
prior to the Pro race, which is the final event. John was the father of
two sons, Michael and Ron Johnson, and the husband of an incredible wife,
Michael Johnson is a hard-charging cyclist who will again line up in the
Pro Race which his family is sponsoring for the second year in a row.
Michael is also a hard-charging advocate and source of information and
support for mesothelioma patients and their families.
We also want to thank the City of Dana Point for championing this amazing
bike race, festival and fundraiser for the past eight years. Orange and
Los Angeles Counties have become notorious for the high incidence of bike
fatalities due to driver negligence or manslaughter. We appreciate the
City's efforts to make Dana Point bike friendly.
Once again there will be activities and events for all ages, including
free youth races from ages four to 12 years old.
We hope to see you at the Party! All net proceeds from the race registration
will be donated to charities, including the 5th Marine Regiment Support
Group, The Boys and Girls Club, and the Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation.