This June we'll be cycling more than 400 miles across Washington State to raise money for refugees arriving to our community. This journey is sure to be difficult and rewarding, and cyclists hope that their demonstration and the funds they raise will say that:
"WE WELCOME REFUGEES"
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 (Seattle, Tri-Cities, and Spokane) to support refugees and other vulnerable immigrants as they bravely start a new life.
Each cyclist raises $1,850 which 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 contribute immensely to the economy and culture of welcoming cities. An investment in a refugee family's first months in America is an investment in your community.
Information about World Relief, SEA TRI KAN, and how to register and ride will be presented at information sessions around the city in January 2018. Attendance at an information session is *not* required for participation, but is helpful for those wanting to know more information before they commit.
How to register
Registration will open online on Thursday, February 1st. Register early to confirm your spot on the ride as we expect SEA TRI KAN to fill up quickly.
In the meantime, you can attend an information session and spread the word among your friends!
In order to register, you'll need to have the following ready:
- $360 registration payment (this pays for expenses of the ride, including food, lodging, support vehicles, roadside bike maintenance, transportation back to Seattle, an STK jersey, and a scholarship for a refugee rider)
- T-shirt size
- Your bike tire size (where do I find that?)
- Proof of medical insurance
Cyclists are responsible for raising $1,850 between the time of registration and May 31, 2018 (this is in addition to the registration fee). Friends and family can give to your goal online 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.
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 one 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.
Important Dates 2018
Registration February 1st. We expect STK 2018 to fill up completely, so make sure to register as soon as possible.
Fundraising deadline May 31st. You need to meet your fundraising goal by the end of May in order to ride!
Required pre-ride meeting: June 14th (evening) OR June 17th (afternoon). This meeting is *required* for all cyclists as we'll be going over some essential information about the route, safety, and day-of details.
Ride day! June 20th. Midday departure from World Relief's office in Kent.
Homecoming June 24th. The ride ends in Spokane and cyclists return to Seattle for a late night arrival home. Some cyclists may choose to spend the night in Spokane and are responsible for their own transportation back home.
The ride departs from World Relief's office in Kent midday on June 20th. Carpooling is encouraged. Come prepared with your bags packed and dressed to ride with your STK jersey! More details will be shared in June.
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