The Inaugural Tour d'HaitiRich Stigall
Every now and then Mike Fox comes up with a good idea. This January’s Tour d Haiti is another example: 1-year after the earthquake over 5 days, 25 riders will cover 200-miles and give away 200 bicycles while visiting close to 1,000 orphaned and abandoned children.
The event kicks off 15 miles east of Port-au-Prince on January 8, 2011. The group then rides west to L ogane, the epicenter of the earthquake. The following three days will be spent riding throughout the Les Cayes area of southern Haiti. Stops will be made to spend time with orphaned and abandoned children, providing dozens of bicycle for each community. The Tour d Haiti will conclude with a scenic ride featuring coastal views on January 12.
The Tour is open to any person age 18 or older who is physically able to ride across the challenging terrain of Haiti. Space is limited to 25 riders. Participation requires a donation of $10,000 to advance the ministry to orphaned and abandoned children; a large portion of which will be tax deductible. Participants will be provided with food, lodging, air and ground transportation to, from, and in Haiti. Participants will also be provided with a cyclocross bicycle, team clothing, helmet, sunglasses, casual wear and a Garmin Edge 305 gps-enabled computer. For more information, please visit www.tourdehaiti.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for us, it’s fun to be a part of it! It’s fun to watch Mike’s excitement and help another good idea take shape…honestly, we haven’t seen Mike move around this fast since people were trying to run him down in the 5K Fox Hunt earlier this year. Most importantly, children will benefit, and that gets all of us excited!