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NEWS RELEASE 

­­For Immediate Release 

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

Tim Frick, Mightybytes, 773.561.7529, tim@mightybytes.com

 

CLIMATE RIDE ANNOUNCES CALIFORNIA NORTH COAST RIDE FOR MAY 2015

National Bike Ride for Sustainability Returns to Stunning North Coast;

5-Day Fundraiser Ride From Fortuna, CA to San Francisco, CA This May 17-21, 2015

 

MISSOULA, MT – October 20, 2014: Climate Ride, the national charitable organization for sustainable solutions, has announced the first ride of its 2015 event season — Climate Ride California North Coast this May 17-21, 2015, a 5-day, 300-mile bicycle ride from Fortuna, CA (near Eureka) to San Francisco, CA. Due to popular demand, Climate Ride is offering this spectacular coastal ride that will raise funds for more than 100 environmental and active transportation organizations working in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy, climate change, public health, and bicycle advocacy. Recently, the New York Times listed the North Coast of California as one of ‘52 Places To Go’ in the world. Registration for this event is now open at www.climateride.org.

“We were thrilled that so many people had our North Coast ride on their ‘bucket list’ and decided that we absolutely must offer this ride again. It is one of the most beautiful bike rides in the world and a chance to see how early environmental victories in California protected this stunning coastline,” said Caeli Quinn, Executive Director of Climate Ride. “With the return of this event and our plan to debut even more regional events in 2015, we’ll see our grants program impact local communities in California while shining a light on innovative green projects throughout the U.S.”

The ride begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, May 17, 2015 in Fortuna, CA. Climate Ride will provide transportation from San Francisco for participants and their bicycles to Fortuna on Saturday, May 16. The 300-mile journey will begin in the Northern California redwoods (Avenue of the Giants), then follow the coast for three days to the Russian River and into Wine Country. The ride ends with an iconic ride across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. On all of Climate Ride’s events throughout the nation, participants can choose between 1 and 5 organizations from the Climate Ride list of more than 100 hardworking environmental and bicycle-related nonprofits including national organizations such as 350.org, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), National Parks Conservation Association and Vote Solar and California based organizations such as Bike East Bay, TransForm, Greenbelt Alliance, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. For the complete list of beneficiaries, visit: http://www.climateride.org/fundraising/beneficiaries

“My company’s team, Team Mightybytes, has participated in numerous Climate Ride events, raising tens of thousands of dollars for some of our favorite organizations,” said Tim Frick, Owner of Chicago-based Mightybytes and Climate Ride board member. “But what’s great about Climate Ride is that we can do any Climate Ride event around the U.S. and choose local beneficiaries. The funds we raise will have a real impact right here at home. My staff and I love Climate Ride because it gives us a chance to engage in a fun, healthy group activity outside the office, connect with co-workers and other like-minded people, learn about clean energy and climate science, and, most importantly, raise money for the critical cause of saving the planet.”

Climate Ride is known as the ‘green conference on wheels’ because participants pedal 60-70 miles each day and then attend green speaking events each evening along the route. Full carbon offsets for the participants, high-MPG support vehicles, and low-waste catering are a few of the innovative measures that Climate Ride successfully implemented from its start in 2008. 

Each participant pays a registration fee of $100 and then raises at least $2,800 to participate in Climate Ride. Climate Ride is offering $75 registration until December 1, 2015. Registration includes a personal fundraising web page, fundraising and training support and access to a nationwide network of Climate Riders and eco-heroes. The ride includes a cycling jersey, accommodations, luggage transfer, road support, meals, bike mechanics, expert guides and the nightly speaker series.

Other Climate Ride Events

Climate Hike Glacier will return in August 2015 (Dates TBA). This 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 see first-hand just what is at stake.

Climate Ride Midwest will return in Autumn 2015 (Dates TBA). From the trip start in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we ride past historic lighthouses, blueberry farms, and quaint artist villages. We’ll also visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore before pedaling on paved rail-trails to a bicycle path on Lake Michigan that affords stunning views of Chicago’s dramatic skyline. The final 6-mile stretch leads up to beautiful Northerly Island.

Independent Challenges is an innovative program that allows participants to create their own events with Climate Ride support, 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 on their chosen beneficiaries. More information can be found at http://www.climateride.org/events/independent-climate-challenge.

To learn about new events in 2015 visit www.climateride.org

About Climate Ride

Climate Ride is a nonprofit organization founded to change lives through sport and build an effective, citizen-based 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 movements. 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 26-28, 2014), the inaugural Midwest Ride (September 7-9th, 2014) and the NYC-DC Ride (Sept 20th-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, League of Illinois Bicyclists, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Active Transportation Alliance, National Parks Conservation Association, Climate Cycle, 1% for the Planet, and more. For more information, or to support a participant, visit www.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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