Cyclists have the opportunity to build a welcoming community in Washington for refugees and asylees by participating in the World Relief Century Challenge on June 19th, 2021. The funds you raise will support refugees and asylees served by World Relief in Seattle, Tri-Cities, and Spokane, Washington.
Refugees and asylees are forced to flee their home due to persecution for who they are or what they believe. They arrive to Washington State with great hopes for finding a new home in safety. World Relief works across Washington State to support refugees and other immigrants in vulnerable situations as they bravely start a new life. We invite you to ride a century (100 miles) in a demonstration of welcome to our newest neighbors and raise funds to support their integration into our community.
The funds you raise will provide:
Help finding safe and affordable housing
Job skills training
Interview & resume preparation
Connection to community
How does it work?
Cyclists commit to the challenge and open a fundraising page using our super simple online platform. Each cyclist will determine their own route and logistics. Some may choose to plan something together and we will share about group options here on this page as they come up! Everyone who registers will be invited to regular online meetups to get to know other cyclists and explore topics like Immigration 101, Route Planning, Fundraising Workshop, and How to Trick Your Family into Driving Your Support Vehicle and Buying You Lunch.* On June 19th, we will share about your progress on our Facebook and Instagram pages and collect photos and videos of riders supporting refugee resiliency all around Washington (and perhaps beyond!)
*Actual topics TBA
So is the Century Ride supported, or...?
This is a self-planned, self-guided, and self-supported ride, but we also have ideas and resources to share if you want to plan something with a group! If you are interested in planning an in-person event with your church or workplace, but don't know where to start, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I actually have to ride 100 miles?
The ride is meant to be a challenge - 100 miles in one day! - but cyclists have chosen a variety of goals in the past, such as completing a metric century (100 km), riding a century over a weekend, or even walking 100 miles over the course of a week. Some cyclists don't think a century is enough of a challenge and opt to do several in a row! We believe a single-day century to be doable for casual cyclists who are willing to commit to appropriate preparation and spring training.
How do I plan a 100-mile ride?
You can join another organized event on or around World Refugee Day, connect and make plans with other WRD cyclists, explore routes and segments on popular apps like Strava or Ride with GPS, or even complete your century on a smart trainer! We will also have regular meetups via Zoom to learn from local experts and share ideas with each other.
Is there a minimum fundraising goal?
Nope! But we hope that if you set an ambitious cycling goal, you will also set an ambitious fundraising goal to match your effort - a hundred miles is a lot of miles! Also, if you reach $500, $1,000, or $2,000, you will qualify for some sweet fundraising prizes.
I'm not from Seattle and want to support local efforts in Tri-Cities or Spokane... Is this a Seattle ride?
The World Refugee Day Century is a state-wide fundraising event and is made possible by the efforts of staff, volunteers, and riders in each of the 3 World Relief offices in Washington. In the interest of frugality and efficiency, this website and the fundraising platform are hosted by the Seattle office, but the funds you raise will benefit refugees and asylees in all three regions.
Can I put together a team?
Yes! When you register you can join or create a fundraising team with any number of people - such as your spouse or kids, a couple of buddies, or a group from your church or workplace. And if you decide to join or create a team after you register, just email email@example.com and we can sort it out for you. Your team page is a good place to work toward a shared fundraising goal and compile updates if you wish to keep your friends posted on your training progress. Fundraising prizes will be based on individual funds raised, unless otherwise agreed upon.
Is there an age restriction? Can we do this as a family?
Sure! Children are welcome to create a fundraising page or piggyback on their parents' and also participate in the challenge as they are able. If a century is too much of a challenge for our younger riders, you might consider breaking it up into several days, or between several family members (e.g. all 4 of you ride 25 miles). If you join an in-person event, there may be restrictions or considerations for minors.
Did you know? Washington State is the 2nd most welcoming state for refugees! In FY20, Washington welcomed 1,114 refugees to safety and a life free from persecution. The Evergreen State was second only to California, which resettled 1,194 refugees in the same year.
Did you know? It takes 37 revolutions of Seattle's Green Lake to make up 100 miles. We do not recommend this.