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For Immediate Release 

Contact: Caeli Quinn, Executive Director, Climate Ride, 406.871.5477, caeli@climateride.org, Kim Rogers, Communications Manager, 406.917.7060, kim@climateride.org, Tim O’Bayley, O’Bayley Communications, 760.778.3525, tim@obayley.net

 

100 CYCLISTS TAKE THE MESSAGE OF SUSTAINABILITY AND BICYCLE ADVOCACY FROM NEW YORK CITY TO WASHINGTON, DC

Nation’s Largest Environmental Charitable Bicycle Ride to Begin in New York City

September 20; 100 Green Organizations to Benefit; Finale at Nation’s Capitol September 24

 

NEW YORK, NY – September 16, 2014:  Climate Ride will return for its sixth annual East Coast ride, which will be held September 20 – 24, 2014 and will see more than 100 cyclists pedal through historical towns and along picturesque country routes on their way to the nation’s capital. The 5-day, 300-mile cycling adventure will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for nearly 100 of the nation’s leading environmental and bike advocacy organizations.

“Every day we see new environmental crises and challenges, but when Climate Ride participants realize they have the power to take action and change lives, they elevate expectations for their communities and for themselves,” said Caeli Quinn, Climate Ride’s Executive Director and Co-Founder.  "In 2013, we granted more than $510,000 to groups that our participants selected. This is an incredibly empowering experience to raise funds, ride your bike and see the impact in the areas that you want to support. This bicycle ride has a profound impact on people personally, and helps move the country to a sustainable future.”

The ride begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 20, in lower Manhattan at DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street. It’s the start of a 300-mile journey that will culminate with a group ride into Washington D.C., where a finale event will take place on Wednesday, September 24 at 4:00 pm in front of the U.S. Capitol. The complete list of nearly 30 speakers and roundtable leaders for Climate Ride NYC-DC 2014 can be found at www.climateride.org/about-our-events/speakers.

Climate Ride has an innovative beneficiary structure, which allows participants to direct their event fundraising to the organizations of their choice. This structure allows organizations related to sustainability, renewable energy, climate and bicycle advocacy to receive funding from Climate Ride events. In 2014 Climate Ride estimates that it will grant more than $620,000 to nearly 100 beneficiaries. A full list can be found at www.climateride.org/fundraising/beneficiaries

The ride features some of the best and brightest minds working in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy and bicycle advocacy. On Climate Ride, participants pedal 45-70 miles each day, and then engage in a curated evening program that highlights ideas, advocacy and social entrepreneurship.

About Climate Ride

Climate Ride is a nonprofit organization founded to change lives through sport and provide support for the sustainability movement. Started as a five-day bike ride from NYC to Washington D.C. six years ago, Climate Ride has grown into an idea catalyst and leading funder of the environmental and active transportation movement. Climate Ride now convenes four annual Climate Ride events, which bring together hundreds of people to share knowledge, raise funds and advance sustainability. Climate Ride speakers have included top sustainability thinkers, eco-heroes, and policy experts.

In 2014, Climate Ride’s events include the California Wine Country Ride (May 17-20th, 2014), the Glacier Montana Hike (August 24-28th, 2014), the new Midwest Ride (September 6-9th, 2014) and the NYC-DC Ride (September 20-24th). Climate Ride also offers an endurance program called Independent Challenges, which empowers people to design their own events for the cause. Climate Ride events raise money for a collection of innovative organizations including 350.org, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Transportation Alternatives, National Parks Conservation Association, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, 1% for the Planet, and more.

Carbon offsets, hybrid or high-fuel economy support vehicles and near zero-waste catering are a few of the innovative measures that Climate Ride has successfully implemented. The ride offers people who share a passion for green living and cycling a chance to make a difference. Each Climate Rider pays a registration fee of $100 and then raises at least $2800 to participate in this 5-day, fully-supported event.

More information on registration for upcoming events can be found at www.climateride.org. Registration includes a personal fundraising web page, training/logistical support and access to a nationwide network of Climate Riders. The ride includes a cycling jersey, campsites, luggage transfer, road support, meals, bike mechanics, bike guides and the nightly evening program. Sponsorship opportunities are available for 2015 Climate Ride events. For more information, please contact Caeli Quinn, Executive Director, at 406-871-5477 or caeli@climateride.org.

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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Contact: Caeli Quinn, Climate Ride Executive Director, 406.871.5477, caeli@climateride.org, or Kim Rogers, Communications Manager, 917.855.7060, kim@climateride.org

MORE THAN 100 CYCLISTS TO PEDAL 300 MILES BRINGING THE MESSAGE OF SUSTAINABILITY AND BICYCLE ADVOCACY IN FIRST-EVER MIDWEST CLIMATE RIDE

Nation’s Largest Environmental Charitable Bicycle Ride from Grand Rapids to Chicago to begin Sept 6; Sustainability Leaders from Local and National Organizations to present at Nightly Speaker Series

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – September 2, 2014: The inaugural Climate Ride Midwest will be held September 6 – 9, and will see more than 100 cyclists pedal Michigan’s top-rated cycling routes and bike trails, along Lake Michigan’s shores, and into the heart of Chicago. The 4-day, 300- mile cycling adventure will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for more than 100 of the nation’s leading environmental and bicycle advocacy organizations.

“We are thrilled to bring the excitement and impact of Climate Ride to the Midwest for the first time,” said Caeli Quinn, Executive Director of Climate Ride. “We’ve heard from so many of our supporters in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota that they’d like to see a Climate Ride closer to home, so we’re delighted to roll out this new, exciting 4-day ride from Grand Rapids to Chicago. With this event we’ll see our grants program impact local communities in the Midwest while shining a light on innovative green projects in the Great Lakes Region and beyond.”

The ride will begin in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday, September 6, the start of a 300-mile journey that will culminate with a group ride along the Lakefront Bike Path to the heart of Chicago. Like the organization’s other two national events, Climate Ride Midwest 2014 will benefit nearly 100 hardworking environmental and bicycle-related nonprofits including: Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, 350.org, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Active Transportation Alliance, Citizens’ Greener Evanston, 1% for the Planet, Climate Cycle, League of Illinois Bicyclists, National Parks Conservation Association, and West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC).

"WMEAC is excited to be riding alongside so many incredible organizations from across the region and helping raise awareness about the effects of climate change on the Midwest,” said Mary Robinson, Director of Development for WMEAC. “We expect the partnerships and friendships we’ll create during this event will help Michigan and the whole Great Lakes Region become more climate-resilient into the future.”

Climate Ride has an innovative beneficiary structure, which allows participants to direct their event fundraising to the organizations of their choice. This structure allows organizations related to sustainability, renewable energy, climate and bicycle advocacy to receive funding from Climate Ride events. In 2014 Climate Ride estimates that it will grant more than $620,000 to its beneficiary collection and regional groups working in Chicago and every major American city. A full list can be found at www.climateride.org/fundraising/beneficiaries.

"There's great potential for Climate Ride to have real impact in the Midwest through supporting the hard work of its local beneficiary partners,” said Tim Frick, Climate Ride Board Member and Owner of Chicago-based Mightybytes. “Having a Climate Ride event here means participants can ride locally and raise funds for their favorite local environmental organizations, which advocate on their behalf for environmentally-friendly legislation, clean and renewable energy solutions, sustainability, and active transportation. Our team is ready to ride!”

About Climate Ride

Climate Ride is a nonprofit organization founded to change lives through sport and provide support for the sustainability movement. Started as a five-day bike ride from NYC to Washington D.C. six years ago, Climate Ride has grown into an idea catalyst and leading funder of the environmental and active transportation movement. Climate Ride has granted more than $1.5 Million since 2008 and that amount is expected to exceed $2 Million in 2014. Climate Ride now convenes four annual Climate Ride events, which bring together hundreds of people to share knowledge, raise funds and advance sustainability. Climate Ride speakers have included top sustainability thinkers, eco-heroes, and policy experts.

In 2014, Climate Ride’s events include the California Wine Country Ride (May 17-20th), the Glacier Montana Hike (August 24-28th), the new Midwest Ride (September 6-9th) and the NYC- DC Ride (Sept 20-24th). Climate Ride also offers an endurance program called Independent Challenges, which empowers people to design their own events for the cause.

Carbon offsets, hybrid or high-fuel economy support vehicles and near zero-waste catering are a few of the innovative measures that Climate Ride has successfully implemented. The ride offers people who share a passion for green living and cycling a chance to make a difference. Each Climate Rider pays a registration fee of $100 and then raises at least $2800 to participate in this 4-day, fully-supported event.

Registration for Climate Ride’s other 2014 events is open at www.climateride.org. Registration includes a personal fundraising web page, training/logistical support and access to a nationwide network of Climate Riders. The ride includes a cycling jersey, campsites, luggage transfer, road support, meals, bike mechanics, bike guides and the nightly evening program.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for 2015 events. For more information, please contact Caeli Quinn, Executive Director, at 406-871-5477 or caeli@climateride.org.

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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release 

 

Contact: Caeli Quinn, Executive Director, Climate Ride, 406.871.5477, caeli@climateride.org

Kim Rogers, Communications Manager, 917.855.7060, kim@climateride.org

 

33 Hikers Ascend the trails of Glacier National Park to raise awareness and Funds for Conservation, Climate, and active Transportation Causes

First Ever Climate Hike Takes Place August 24 – 28; Hikers From 13 States & District of Columbia To Participate; Local Speakers To Address Group On Issues Facing Glacier Ecosystem

WEST GLACIER, MT – August 24, 2014: The first Climate Hike - offered by Missoula-based non-profit Climate Ride - will be held August 24 – 28, 2014, and will see 33 hikers traverse the arêtes and high alpine passes of Glacier National Park over 5 days. The hike features an ecosystem most threatened by environmental degradation and climate change, giving participants a chance to see first-hand what is at stake. The hike begins August 24th at the Glacier Guides/Montana Raft Co. headquarters, which will provide expert guides on a 50-mile journey culminating with a raft trip down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

“Every day we see new environmental crises and challenges, but when Climate Hike participants realize they have the power to take action and change lives, they elevate expectations for their communities and for themselves,” said Caeli Quinn, Climate Ride’s Co-Founder and Executive Director.  "This is an incredibly empowering experience to raise funds and then take on a challenge in the outdoors. An experience like this has a profound impact on people personally, and helps them to give back to their communities.”

Climate Ride has an innovative beneficiary structure, which allows participants to direct their event fundraising to the organizations of their choice. This structure allows organizations related to sustainability, renewable energy, climate and bicycle advocacy to receive funding from Climate Ride events. In 2014 Climate Ride estimates that it will grant more than $620,000 to it’s beneficiary collection which includes national groups such as NRDC, The Nature Conservancy and 350.org, and regional groups working in Montana and every major American city. A full list can be found at www.climateride.org/fundraising/beneficiaries.

About Climate Hike

Climate Hike is a charitable hiking challenge that explores the wildest national park in the United States and the first hiking event offered by Climate Ride. By fundraising and participating in the event, hikers are raising awareness of our generation's greatest threat and have an opportunity to spend four days hiking the iconic trails on the 'Crown of the Continent'.

About Climate Ride

Climate Ride is a nonprofit organization founded to change lives through sport and provide support for the sustainability movement. Started as a five-day bike ride from NYC to Washington DC six years ago, Climate Ride has grown into an idea catalyst and leading funder of the environmental and active transportation movement. Climate Ride has granted more than $1.5 Million since 2008 and that amount is expected to exceed $2 Million in 2014. Climate Ride now convenes four annual Climate Ride events that bring together hundreds of people to share knowledge, raise funds and advance sustainability. Climate Ride speakers have included top sustainability thinkers, eco-heroes, and policy experts.

In 2014, Climate Ride’s events include the California Wine Country Ride (May 17-20th), the Glacier Montana Hike (August 24-28th), the new Midwest Ride (September 6-9th) and the NYC-DC Ride (Sept 20-24th). Climate Ride also offers an endurance program called Independent Challenges, which empowers people to design their own events for the cause. Climate Ride events raise money for a collection of innovative organizations including 350.org, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Transportation Alternatives, National Parks Conservation Association, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, 1% for the Planet, and more.

Climate Ride is garnering more and more attention each year including being inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame in 2012, and receiving an award in 2011 for ‘Best in Green Travel’ from leading green news outlet TreeHugger.

Climate Ride’s bike events are the first bicycle tours where pedal strokes help raise money and awareness of a future powered by renewable energy, sustainability, and a green economy. Carbon offsets, hybrid or high-fuel economy support vehicles and near zero-waste catering are a few of the innovative measures that Climate Ride has successfully implemented. The rides and hikes offer people a chance to make a difference. Each Climate Ride participant pays a registration fee of $100 and then raises at least $2800 to participate in Climate Ride’s 4- or 5-day events. Participants get to choose their own beneficiaries.

Registration for Climate Ride’s other 2014 events is open at www.climateride.org. Registration includes a personal fundraising web page, training/logistical support and access to a nationwide network of Climate Riders. The ride includes a cycling jersey, campsites, luggage transfer, road support, meals, bike mechanics, bike guides and the nightly evening program. Sponsorship opportunities are available for Climate Ride NYC-DC 2014, Climate Ride Midwest 2014, and 2015 events. For more information, please contact Caeli Quinn, Executive Director, at 406-871-5477 or caeli@climateride.org.

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NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Contact: Caeli Quinn, Executive Director, Climate Ride, 406.871.5477, caeli@climateride.org, or
Tim O’Bayley, O’Bayley Communications, 760.778.3525, tim@obayley.net

CLIMATE RIDE GRANTS MORE THAN $500K TO 60 GREEN ORGANIZATIONS; ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR NEW EVENTS IN 2014

Climate Ride Expands Green Grant Program by 25% over 2012 to $511,559;
New 4-Day Ride Event Added in Midwest from Grand Rapids to Chicago – Sept 6-9, 2014

MISSOULA, MT – January 9, 2014: Climate Ride, the national charitable organization for sustainable solutions, has announced that it has granted $511,559 to 60 nonprofit beneficiary organizations. The funds were raised during two cycling events in 2013 – Climate Ride California last May and Climate Ride NYC-DC last September. In all, 320 cyclists pedaled more than 100,000 miles to raise funds for and awareness of sustainability, bicycle advocacy, renewable energy, and climate change solutions.

“We’re very proud to exceed the threshold of $500,000 in grants this year which represents a 25% increase over last year’s grants. Climate Ride is on the move,” said Caeli Quinn, Executive Director of Climate Ride. “This showcases how fast the Climate Ride organization is growing and demonstrates that these issues are paramount to the American public. After so many unprecedented weather events, the hottest year on record, and pronounced impacts on human life, we’re working to elevate this cause. Climate Ride has truly become a hub of the sustainability movement, and a place where anyone interested in fighting for our planet and healthy communities can support the best environmental, health, sustainability, and active transportation organizations. By participating in Climate Ride, you have the chance to challenge yourself and give to the cause. Together, we can give powerfully.”

The grants were awarded in December 2013 to 60 national and local organizations, and range from $252 to $48,745. The grant amounts vary because participants are allowed to direct their specific fundraising dollars to a list of pre-approved nonprofits. In 2011, Climate Ride announced a significant innovation to its beneficiary structure, which allowed participants to direct their event fundraising to organizations of their choice, as long as the organization meets the beneficiary requirements set forth by the Climate Ride Board of Directors. The change allowed 60 organizations related to sustainability, renewable energy, climate and bicycle advocacy to receive funding from Climate Ride events in 2012 and 2013.

Nonprofits that received the 2013 grants included: 1% for the Planet, 350.org, Acterra, Active Transportation Alliance, Adventure Cycling Association, Alliance for Biking and Walking, Alliance for Climate Education, B Lab, Better Future Project, Bike New York, Boston Cyclists Union, California Straw Building Association, Carbon War Room, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Citizens Climate Lobby, Clean Air – Cool Planet, Climate Counts, Climate Protection Campaign, Climate Ride Growth Fund, Cycles of Change, Earthjustice, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Working Group, Green America, Greenbelt Alliance, Grist, I Challenge Myself, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, Interfaith Power and Light, League of American Bicyclists, League to Save Lake Tahoe (Keep Tahoe Blue), Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE), National Parks Conservation Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Renewable Energy Long Island, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Save Our Snow Foundation, School For Field Studies, Sierra Club California, Sierra Club Florida, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Solar Living Institute, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, The Nature Conservancy, TransForm, Transportation Alternatives, US Green Building Council – National Capital Region, Walk San Francisco, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Will Steger Foundation, Windustry, and World Bicycle Relief.

New Events to Debut in 2014 Climate Ride is expanding its events next year to include a new cycling event in the Midwest, a 5-day hiking adventure in Glacier National Park, and Independent Climate Challenges, where participants can design their own rides, hikes or other sporting or lifestyle events and raise funds and awareness for the Climate Ride cause and beneficiaries. The organization is also adding new beneficiaries throughout the U.S.

In 2014, Climate is adding its third annual ride event spanning three states: Climate Ride Midwest 2014. This new 4-day ride brings the excitement and impact of Climate Ride to the Midwest for the first time. The ride begins in the hip, bike-friendly city of Grand Rapids, and meanders through Michigan’s Northern woods and picturesque farmlands, to the scenic sandy beaches of the Great Lakes in Indiana, and into the heart of Chicago. The inaugural Midwest ride will debut from September 6 -9, 2014.
 

Climate Hike Glacier, August 24-28, 2014, is a charitable hiking challenge that explores the wildest national park in the United States, and the ecosystem most threatened by environmental degradation and climate change. By fundraising and participating in Climate Hike, participants will raise awareness of our generation's greatest threat - and seeing first-hand just what is at stake. Note: Climate Hike Glacier 2014 is currently sold out. There is a wait-list.

Independent Climate Challenges is a new program for 2014 that allows participants to participate in non Climate Ride organized events or create their own events, while still raising money for and awareness of their favorite green organizations. Participants get their own homepage, fundraising support and more to help them achieve their goals, and make a significant impact at their chosen beneficiaries. More information can be found at http://www.climateride.org/events/independent-climate-challenge.

Other Climate Ride Events
From May 17-20, 2014, the epic Climate Ride California will return for its fifth year, with the new Wine Country route. 200 Climate Riders will pedal more than 250 miles in 4 days on a new route from San Francisco, through the Wine Country, and across the Central Valley to California’s State Capitol in Sacramento. The new California ride begins in San Francisco and heads north across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin, passing through Petaluma before entering the Russian River Wine Country. The route continues through Healdsburg and the Alexander Valley before descending into the famed Napa Valley, and onward across the Central Valley through Davis to finish at a rally at California’s State Capitol in Sacramento.

Then, from September 20-24, 2014, Climate Ride returns to the East Coast with its sixth-annual Climate Ride NYC-DC 2014 event from the heart of New York City to the steps of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Registration is open to 200 cyclists who will raise money for the green organization of their choice, and then set out on a 5-day, 300-mile journey and ‘green conference on wheels’ through four states and the District of Columbia to take their message of a sustainable future to Washington.

More information about these events can be found at www.climateride.org

About Climate Ride
Climate Ride was founded to inspire and empower citizens to work toward a new energy future. Climate Ride events raise money for a collection of innovative organizations including 350.org, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Green America, Climate Counts, 1% for the Planet, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and Transportation Alternatives. For more information, or to support a participant, visit www.climateride.org.

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