Everybody Rides Goes Virtual!

We Need Your Help Now More Than Ever!

Our 3 largest fundraisers we host throughout the year have either been postponed, changed to virtual or canceled. Everything we do at Project Mobility relies HEAVILY on these events. Please sign up today for the #VirtualEdition of Everybody Rides Presented by ALDI.  Due to COVID-19 Project Mobility has made the decision to transition the 8th Annual Everybody Rides event to a virtual bike ride for 2020. The safety of the riders, volunteers, staff, and everyone involved is our number one priority. This is an unexpected twist. However, getting out and riding while raising awareness and funds for Project Mobility are still key elements of Everybody Rides. COVID-19 won’t stop us from hosting the event!

What is a virtual bike ride?

Riders can ride whenever and wherever between the week of August 23rd – August 30th. You select the distance you would like to ride – 10, 29, 47, 62 miles. Or form a team and do The CHALLENGE. Riders have the flexibility to support our cause and participate in the event remotely at their own time, pace and even place. It is a win- win. Participants can choose the day, the weather, and their route. And while raising money and having some fun along the way. Those who register can ride on the route of their choosing, stationary bike, or on their local trail while practicing social distancing and other safety measures. Virtual races also allow people from all over to participate, not just the Chicagoland area like previous years. People of all ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged to join. Register for the event individually or form a team. Don’t forget to start fundraising today!

     All proceeds benefit Project Mobility’s mission to bring adaptive cycling opportunities to the lives of children, adults, and wounded service members with emotional and physical challenges. More details at:

https://www.everybodyride.org/

     *Please maintain social distancing while riding and maintain local laws/


Birkie Office Applies New Safety Rules for the Birkie Festival Trail Run

Scheduled for the weekend of September 25, 2020, the Birkie Trail Festival Run is still a go, but under new rules to help improve safety in this pandemic era. Among these include starting the different race distances on different days, eliminating single track sections, and per the Birkie website:

  • Masks are required in the start and finish area.  Masks may be removed when on course, but please keep one with you for emergency situations.
  • No spectators are allowed at the event.  In order to keep on site numbers lower, we are requesting that you do not bring spectators to the event.
  • All participants will be choose a start corral for their event.  Start corrals will consist of 30 runners over 5 minutes.  Participants will be asked to choose their corral as we get closer to the event.
  • Participants may switch to virtual anytime before Wednesday, September 23.  Your bib and tshirt will be mailed to you.
  • We are required to have fewer volunteers on site.  Participants will find water at aid stations, but should carry any food and/or energy needed during the event.
  • Ultra runners should limit the number of crew that assist them during the race.  Food options will be more limited than in year’s past.  More Ultra specific information will be available soon.

For a complete rundown on all the Birkie Festival Run safety details, and the race itself, go to:

https://www.birkie.com/run/events/birkie-trail-run/



For 2020, a  New FKT on the Ice Age Trail

Because it’s there?

     Several runners have tried to grab the fastest known time (FKT), running the length of Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail. The trail begins at St. Croix Falls and ends at Potawatomi State Park, or the other way around, depending on which direction you wish to run the 1,147-mile-mile distance in between. Notable names of ultrarunners who once held the FKT, man or woman, include Annie Weiss, in 2018, in a time of 21days 18hours 7 minutes. Check out her story at:

She bested the prior FKT set by Jason Dorgan, 22 days, and Melanie McManus, 34 days.

     But running from June 1 to June 22, 2020, Coree Woltering, 30, of Ottawa, Illinois, became the latest Ice Age FKT by completing the trail in 21 days, 13 hours, 35 minutes. He also ran for not one cause, but two: The Ice Age Trail Alliance and Feeding America, averaging approximately 53 miles per day, including after 6 days when he had twisted his ankle. While falling short of his fundraising goal, Woltering did raise over $20,000. You can read his story on http://coreewoltering.com.

Watch video of Woltering’s finish at the 37-minute mark of — https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=883648268802831&ref=watch_permalink