Ride for a Reason Rises Again in 2021!

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While different from years past, our 2021 Ride for a Reason will be bigger and better because that’s what this time demands. We’re also doubling down on our commitment — we are all in when it comes to making sure all kids get what they need when it comes to education. So, we have decided to forge full speed ahead with a virtual event and will welcome runners and walkers to join our family of cyclists in 2021! That’s right ‐ we are running, walking and riding for a reason! We are designing an inclusive virtual event that will engage more participants in raising funds and awareness around the needs of our public schools.

Please join us online on Friday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. to learn about our plans for April 2021. We’ll open up discounted registration and will have raffle prizes to give away. Please go here to learn more and register for our virtual Kick Off Party: https://rideforareason.weebly.com »

About Ride for a Reason:

Working together over the past eleven years, Ride 4A Reason (R4R) has raised over $1 million dollars for public schools in Oakland and Alameda. We are writing now to invite you to participate in R4R 2021, which will take place in April of 2021. Our goals are to have 500 participants and to raise $180,000 for eleven Oakland and one Alameda public school. To make R4R 2021 as inclusive as possible, this year in addition to cyclists, we also are opening up the event to runners and walkers.

With the pandemic showing no signs of ending anytime soon, it’s not possible to safely come together as a group in Sacramento in April. Nevertheless, recognizing the unprecedented impacts to students at the schools we support, it’s more important than ever before that we still come together “virtually” to show our support for our schools, and to raise badly needed funds.

The R4R 2021 “virtual” event will be a self-defined, do-it-yourself, physical challenge. Riders, runners, and walkers participate by defining the physical challenge they will complete within a three-week period April 1 – 24, 2021. The challenge could be: a) cumulative (i.e., a defined number of miles within the three week period); b) climactic (completing a long distance within a single day); or c) both. Also, as in past years, each participant will have a personal fundraising page that they can share to solicit pledges of support. We also plan to define a few suggested rides, runs, and walks that could be completed, and resources to help you to reach your physical and fundraising goals.

To learn more, about Ride 4A Reason 2021, please go to http://www.R4Rschools.com to register to attend our “virtual” kick-off party on Friday, December 4 at 6 pm. At the party, we’ll discuss how the event will work this year, there will be a chance to connect with friends, and we’ll conduct a raffle to give away prizes including a $100 gift certificate to Sports Basement.

Note: we’ll be adding a lot of content to our website beginning in December including information about the schools we support and how the funds raised in past years have been used. In January, we expect to have routes for some suggested rides, runs, and walks posted. We also plan to post tools and resources to support your training and fundraising. If you have any questions now, please contact mikenapolitano5@gmail.com.

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