Why Are Cyclists Riding in Sea to Sea?
The 2013 Sea to Sea tour is much more than a bike ride. In fact, this trip is not about individual cyclists but how God can use the cyclists to bring glory to Himself and fight poverty here in North America and around the world. Folks of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to participate in the tour.
If you ask those who rode in 2005 and 2008, they will say that riding across the continent was a life-changing experience where they got to depend on God for his protection and had the opportunity to join others in collectively seeking to glorify God by raising money to aid those who are caught in the cycle of poverty.
The beauty of the tour is that it enables folks to engage in a healthy activity they love, while at the same time making a difference for the marginalized of the world.
To get a sense of what Sea to Sea is all about, read the book, In Tandem: A Sea to Sea Cycling Odyssey, which chronicles the 2005 Sea to Sea tour across Canada. To purchase the book, click here. This is a great read written by Peter Slofstra, the pastor of Hope Fellowship Church in Courtice, Ontario, a community minded Christian Reformed Church that encourages and celebrates physical, relational and spiritual fitness. He has been married to Marja for thirty-eight years. They have two married daughters and three granddaughters.
If you are a friend or family member of a cyclist and wish to send them mail during the tour, there will be several different spots where you can mail packages. They are listed below and packages should arrive at destinations 7 business days before cyclists arrive on location.
1. Sea to Sea (members name)
c/o Bethel Chr. Ref. Church
PO Box 10
Shiprock, NM 87420
2. Sea to Sea (members Name)
c/o Sylvan Addink
1802 E. Court St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
3. CRCNA-Sea to Sea (members name)
Attn: Luanne Barnes
2850 Kalamazoo Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49560
4. CRCNA-Sea to Sea (members name)
PO Box 5070 STN LCD1
Burlington, ONT L7R 3Y8
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.
In 2013 funds are divided as follows: 25% goes to World Renew, 15% to RCA World Missions, 25% to Partners Worldwide and 35% goes to local programs that assist the poor. These local programs are usually church sponsored and will be awarded through a grant process where they will apply to the Sea to Sea foundation. You can see some of the recipients from 2008 here. All donations received at the Sea to Sea office either through the website or submitted by donors will receive a tax receipt.
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.
Shorter Legs Are Available!
While registaration is closed for the full ride from Los Angeles to New York and the first week from Los Angeles to Phoenix, those interested in cycling with Sea to Sea can register for one of the shorter legs listed below. Since the beginning of the tour is rapidly approaching, if you sign up for one of the shorter legs, you must sign up at least one month before your start date and pay the weekly fundraising goal ($2,500 for one week) at that time. For example, cyclists who wish to ride from Phoenix to Shiprock must register by May 29 (one month in advance) and pay the full $2,500 at that time.)
- Los Angeles, CA to Phoenix, AZ (June 22 - June 29)
- Phoenix, AZ to Shiprock, NM (June 29 - July 6)
- Shiprock, NM to Colorado Springs, CO (July 6 - July 13)
- Colorado Springs, CO to Sutton, NE (July 13 - July 20)
- Sutton, NE to Iowa City, IA (July 20 - July 27)
- Iowa City,IA to Grand Rapids, MI (July 27 - August 3)
- Grand Rapids, MI to Ancaster, ONT (August 3 - August 10)
- Ancaster, ONT to Montreal, QC (August 10 - August 17)
- Montreal, QC to New York City, NY (August 17 - August 24)
The fundraising goals are as follows:
One Week Rider
Two to Four Week Rider
Five Week Rider
Six Weeks to Full Tour Rider