By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer
Get fit and help support a good cause! Spring is coming to Chicago and with it are a host of events that allow Chicagoans to run, walk, bike and swim to raise money for good causes. A dear friend of mine, Joey Feinstein, went from massage therapist to Presidio business school graduate where he obtained an MBA in Sustainabel Resources. Joey started an innovative charity bicycle ride after he graduated, called Climate Cycle. Last year Working Well Massage therapists braved a chilly muddy day to give massages to Climate Cycle riders. It was a lot of fun, we made many cyclists happy and we got to hear great music and sample food from local merchants. I am so impressed by all Joey and his team at Climate Cycle have accomplished in just a few short years. This May, I plan on riding in the event myself!
What is Climate Cycle?
Climate Cycle is a non-profit organization that empowers youth to become leaders of the clean energy movement by installing solar energy systems and funding sustainability education in local Chicago area public schools. This is made possible by alliances between students, community organizations and concerned citizens to usher in the new green economy.
Climate Cycle creates local solutions to global pollution. At the inaugural bike-a-thon in May 2009, 350 participants raised $67,000 to install solar energy on four schools. Because more money is spent on utilities than textbooks and computers combined, the time to retool our schools is now.
When’s the Ride?
Climate Cycle’s May 15th, 2010 Solar Schools Ride is a family and fan friendly fundraiser in which riders garner pledges in advance of the ride. Proceeds go to install solar energy systems in local public schools. To register click here.
Where’s the Ride?
Cyclists select from a 4, 10, 20 or 62-mile course along picturesque Lake Michigan. All starting and end points are in downtown Chicago, with the exception of the 62-mile “metric century” course, which begins at the Indiana Dunes and ends in downtown Chicago.
A post ride celebration follows the ride. This festive event includes music, free lunches for all riders, sustainability showcases, goody bags, a raffle and kid friendly activities.
Information for the 4, 10, 20 mile routes
Start Point: DuSable Harbor – Lakeshore and Madison, in the north end of Grant park
Ride registration starts at 9:00 a.m. Solar Schools festival is 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in DuSable Harbor. Registration fee is $25. The Fund raising Minimum for the 4, 10, 20 Mile Routes is
$200 for adults. Fund raising minimum for college students is $75. Fund raising minimum for ages 12-18 years is $60. Children younger than 12 and “virtual fundraisers” have no registration fee or minimum fund raising requirements.
To register click here.
Note: Fund raising is made super easy. Climate Cycle is using a service called First Giving to handle registration and fund raising. Gone are the days you have to walk around the office with a clipboard soliciting pledges for your fund raising efforts. now all you have to do is give friends and family your link to the Climate Cycle page on First Giving and they can donate online!
Information for the 62 mile route
Starting Point is Indiana Dunes State Park. Ride registration starts at 6:00 a.m. Ride starts at 7:00 a.m. at the Indiana Dunes State Park and finishes at DuSable Harbor.
Registration fee is $25. Fund raising minimum is $500 for the 62 mile ride. Fund raising minimum for college students for the 62 mile ride is$75. Fund raising minimum for ages 12-18 years for the 62 mile ride is $60. Children younger than 12 and “virtual fundraisers” have no registration fee or minimum fund raising requirements.
To register click here.
What Support is Offered for Riders?
The Ride is fully supported. Climate Cycle will provide sag vehicles, several rest stops along the way with food, water, and restrooms, and ride marshals for light bike maintenance support. Climate Cycle is currently reviewing options to transport riders and bikes to the Dunes, but as of now all riders are expected to transport themselves.
To register now and get more ride information, click here.