Ride across Washington in support of Refugee Resiliency
SEA TRI KAN is a fully-supported, 5-day, 400-mile bike tour fundraiser in support of refugees & asylees starting a new life in Washington State.
Refugees 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 in 3 regions in Washington State to support refugees and other vulnerable immigrants as they bravely start a new life. Every June, we ride across our beautiful state as a demonstration of welcome to those seeking refuge.
Each cyclist will fundraise toward a minimum goal. The funds raised will be TRIPLED by a government match, and then used to provide housing assistance, transportation, English language classes, job skills training, interview & resume preparation, and much more! Refugees and asylees contribute immensely to the economy and culture of welcoming cities. An investment in a family's first months in America is an investment in your community.
After I became a mom, whenever I heard stories of refugees families, their lives destroyed by war and persecution, living in refugee camps, and having to completely rebuild their lives in a foreign culture, I could not help but compare my life and the life of my children, to those of refugee families, and it broke my heart completely. I knew that I wanted to show my gratitude for my blessed life by giving to these people…Combining my love of cycling and my desire to serve, I thought that this ride would be a perfect way to begin helping these families. - Julie, STK 2018 cyclist
Cyclists are required to fundraise a minimum of $2,000 before May 31, 2020 (this is in addition to the $425 registration fee). Friends and family can give to your goal online through your custom individual page and every dollar that's raised will go directly to support refugees in Washington state as they get settled, learn English, and prepare for their first job. Information about how to set up your rider profile and begin collecting donations online or by check will be available at the time of registration. Additionally, World Relief will provide some tips and resources for how to ask your friends and family to support you in your goal.
Receiving newcomers to this country is receiving Jesus. And for me, it's personal. A few generations ago, my own family came from places such as Syria and Italy. The story of the stranger is the story of my faith and of my family. I'm riding to support refugees because I want to continue being part of this unfolding story of welcoming the stranger. - Luke, STK 2018 cyclist
How to register
Registration for STK 2020 opens on December 6, 2019. In order to register, you'll need to have the following ready:
- $425 registration payment (this pays for expenses of the ride, including food, lodging, support vehicles, roadside bike maintenance, and an STK jersey)
- Jersey size
- Your bike tire size (where do I find that?)
- Proof of medical insurance
For information about a limited number of group registrations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
SEA TRI KAN is designed to be doable for casual cyclists who are willing to put in some spring training. It's a tour, not a race, so you'll be riding in groups. Half the fun will be getting to know each other over breakfast in the morning, encouraging each other up the hills, and stretching sore muscles at night.
- Packing List: get your gear ready early so you can really get to know it!
- A sample training plan
- There are lots of fun ways to train. Find group rides through Cascade Bicycle Club, connect with other STK cyclists on the Facebook page, use an app like Strava or MapMyRide to browse local routes, or plan a group ride yourself!
- Bike safety is more than just wearing a helmet! Learn how to rides safely in a group, and become comfortable with a paceline. There's a lot of good information on YouTube or CBC, and REI often has classes for bike maintenance and safety basics.
A State-wide effort
SEA TRI KAN raises funding and awareness for refugees and asylees across Washington State, specifically for those served by World Relief in Seattle, the Tri-Cities, and Spokane. In years past we've had cyclists join us from all over Washington and even from other states! Along the way, volunteers, businesses, and churches support the ride with hospitality and encouragment.
The ride starts in Seattle (Kent) and ends in Spokane and cyclists are responsible for transporting themselves and their gear to and from the starting and finish lines. Because the bulk of our riders are from the Seattle and Spokane areas, we will provide transportation for riders, bikes, and gear from Spokane to Seattle (Kent) on Tuesday, June 16 for Spokane-based cyclists and on Sunday, June 21st for Seattle-based cyclists.
End of Ride Celebration
Family and friends of riders are encouraged to cheer the STK team on at the finish line in Spokane! Information about how to RSVP for the finish line party will be available in the spring.
What do cyclists love about SEA TRI KAN?
"Beautiful ride, great cause."
"The support, hospitality and mechanic teams KILLED it! As a rider, I felt fully supported and taken care of."
"Meeting other people who are passionate about refugees! Also the scenery and challenge of the ride and the route."
"I can’t pick one thing! I loved the community, the route, the views, the snacks, the volunteer support, the two mechanics were incredible, and I love cycling now"
"I loved the people I got to spend the week with! I usually have to go out of my way to meet new people and remember names, but I am pretty’s sure I learned every single person’s name by the end of Day 4! Mutual “suffering” on the bike for so many hours accelerated the ability to have meaningful conversation with people while riding."
"STK was the best thing I've done so far this year"
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