207Miles Bike Ride to Benefit Poverty Stricken Families by Providing Opportunity to Earn a New Home

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5th Year of 207Miles Promises to be Bigger Than Ever in 2014, with Proceeds of Event to Benefit 1Mission

The impact that 207Miles is making in the global communities that we work in is huge. At 1MISSION, one of our goals is connecting people to people.

Registration is now open for the 207Mile charity ride, a two-day cycling event from Peoria, AZ to Rocky Point, Mexico on February 8th and 9th, 2014. Launched out of a desire to increase awareness of the poverty so close to home, and to raise funds for those fighting it, 207Miles is now impacting families throughout Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The event attracts a range of cyclists from novice, intermediate, advanced and professional riders from all over the Southwest. Participants have the opportunity to gain sponsors and help raise money for the charity, 1Mission.

The nonprofit group, 1Mission, provides people in poverty the opportunity to earn a new home by serving in their community. 100% of public donations go to the projects and programs in the field in Mexico, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.

Founders Ian and Erin Long set out to increase awareness of the poverty in Northern Mexico and the support the work of 1Mission. In a very short time, the ride grew from a few friends cycling to Mexico and raising some money, to an event that has more than doubled in size each year and raised tens of thousands of dollars.

There are three different ways a cyclist can participate:

  •     207 Mile, 2 day ride: The original, 2 day ride which starts in Peoria, AZ and finishes at the end of day 2 in Rocky Point, Mexico. Riders are split into three groups, based on average speed, and the team at 207Miles provides support along the entire route. Meals, accommodations and return transportation are also provided to all riders.
  •     123 Mile, 1 day ride: New for 2014, riders can now participate in “Day 1” only. Start in Peoria, AZ and finish at the end of the day in Ajo, AZ. All 123 Mile riders will be transported back to Peoria, AZ in the evening.
  •     Fun Day Ride: The 2.07 mile Fun Day Ride offers an opportunity for families to participate. Bikes, tricycles, unicycles are welcome.

Katie Jensen, event coordinator for 207Miles, said, “We are so excited for our 5th year of 207Miles. The ride has continually grown and I know this year is going to be bigger than ever. 207Miles is such a unique event, and that is what draws people to it. Riding 207 miles over two days across an international border is a physical, mental, and emotional challenge. The teamwork between the riders and the encouragement and support from our volunteers is unmatched. Everyone works together as a team and that is how everyone is able to cross the finish line. I can not wait to see what the 2014 207Miles brings!”

Jason Law, 1Mission’s CEO/Founder, stated, “The impact that 207Miles is making in the global communities that we work in is huge. At 1Mission, one of our goals is connecting people to people. 207Miles is the perfect example of this. Riders cross the finish line in Puerto Penasco, Mexico and are immediately embraced by the family and community they rode all that way for. It doesn't get better than that.”

For more information on registering, visit http://www.207miles.com and for more information on 1Mission, visit http://www.1Mission.org.

About 207 Miles
207 miles. 2 days. 2 countries. 207Miles was launched in 2010 out of a desire to increase awareness of the poverty so close to home and to raise funds for those fighting it. Every year the ride continues to grow, reach more cyclists and impact more families around the world. All of the proceeds benefit 1Mission.

About 1Mission
1Mission is an international non-profit giving people in poverty the opportunity to earn an home by serving in their community. Over 1 billion people live without decent shelter. We can help change that. Learn more at 1Mission.org.

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