What is Sea to Sea
The Sea to Sea 2013 Bike Tour is a nine-week, 3,900-mile cycling trek across North America designed to raise awareness and funds in support of those living in poverty around the world. The tour is hosted by the Reformed Church in America, Partners Worldwide, and World Renew.
The tour begins June 22, 2013, in Los Angeles and ends August 24, 2013, in New York City. Stops include Phoenix, Colorado Springs, Pella, Grand Rapids, Toronto, and Montreal. Organizers expect this will be the largest bicycle tour to ever cross the United States and Canada, and applications are already coming in. Riders have the option of going the full distance or registering for one to five week segments.
The challenge includes nine weeks on the road, cycling an average of 68 miles per day, and resting only on Sundays. Each rider is also required to raise at least $10,000 toward the cause.
The 2008 tour, which rode through the U.S. and Canada, sent over $1.5 million to local, national and international agencies fighting poverty.
Funds generated through the tour will be used to support new or ongoing initiatives in the areas of business and community development, and will provide people around the world with access to clean water, immunizations, and other vital medical services. Additionally, 35 percent of the tour proceeds will be distributed to local programs that assist the poor.
There are no easy answers or quick fixes when it comes to addressing the cycle of poverty. But that’s no reason to ignore it. The complex economic, social and spiritual issues related to poverty demand a comprehensive and multi-pronged response.
The Reformed Church in America, Partners Worldwide, and World Renew are walking with the poor, seeking to fulfill God’s call to defend the cause of the weak and fatherless and stand up for the rights of the oppressed (Psalm 82).
The Sea to Sea Bike Tour serves as a way to further enable the Church to respond to that call. Individuals, groups and congregations are encouraged to get active in serving the poor in some new way, whether in your own community or half a world away.
In addition to raising funds to fight poverty, the tour will highlight the history and shared purpose of the Christian Reformed Church in North America and Reformed Church in America by having celebration events each Sunday throughout the tour.
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