Maria is a CEO of the Cruzbike Company and Founder of 3000 Miles to a Cure Charity. Mother of four, grandmother of six and wife of 34 years. She holds a Masters degree in Counseling from University of North Carolina, Pembroke & a BA in Biology from University of Virginia. Maria believes that the lessons that athletics teach us can be applied to overcoming life's challenges and succeeding like a champion.
Maria is featured in the film documentary HOPE which was produced to cover her amazing come from behind victory of RAAM and to raise funds & awareness for the need for Brain Cancer Research. Maria lost her sister, Jenny, to Brain Cancer. She believes that we will change the future for people diagnosed with brain cancer.
A long-distance endurance cycling champion, including winner of Race Across America (RAAM) and the holder of multiple cycling records. Including: 24-hour road record: 469.198 miles at 19.550 mph average, Maria calls herself an adult-onset athlete as she was in her 50s when she really hit her stride. Her husband, James Parker, MD is also a champion cyclist.