Longest Ride of the Summer, Also Busy

So yesterday I got to ride 64 miles.  The first 50 were pretty good, but then my headphones stopped working, a quick rain upped the humidity, and the sun put temps into the upper 80s.  By the time I got to class I was exhausted and running on energy drink.   Here’s the map.  The GPS was screwy at the end and didn’t capture the whole ride.

There’s been a lot of time since my last post, and a lot of work done.  Here’s a list of stuff we’ve been up to.

-My webmaster Brian is helping me build and manage a new site.  It’s got all the bells and whistles.  We are hoping to have it ready by the end of October.

-I’ve contacted the Ride2Recovery ride coordinator and we are working together on an event for next Memorial Day weekend.  I will be riding through Chicago at that time and we have found a cycling/running retailer that is interested in sponsoring it.

-The American Marketing Association chapter at school has gotten together to help Pax2Pax.  Their doing what they can to spread the word around town, on campus, and on the internet.  Their president is putting me in contact with a Communications student to help create a better video than the one I made.

-I have a meeting with the Public Relations student group at school as well.  We’ll see what they can offer Pax2Pax tomorrow.

-Denny was on ABC news, getting interviewed for all the riding he’s been doing with Ride2Recovery.  He’s going to be brings a lot of media attention to the ride next year!

-Peter is nearly done with the final stages of production for his latest film.  I’ll post links here as soon as I can.

-He also contacted GoPro for a sponsorship.  They’re interested, but they need to have a meeting first to confirm their involvement.  Maybe you can email them and let them know they should get behind us?

-Deavon Black, another marine I served with and personal trainer, contacted me about staging a crossfit fundraiser in Connecticut as we ride through Hartford.  We should know a bit more by the end of the month.

-I’ve contacted a couple companies looking for national sponsors: Clif Bar and Ubisoft. (Assassin’s Creed ftw)

-Challenge coins have been approved for the budget.  I’m still deciding on how to use them to their fullest potential.  I know people want to buy some so I will probably use them mainly for fundraising.

That’s all I can think of right now.  I’ll be keeping up better on the blog now that my schedule has become less hectic.

Thanks for reading!

Getting things started!

I’ve decided to get the site started early with an easy WordPress blog.  So much is going on that it’s going to be smart idea to start documenting everything.  Most of you coming to this site know what this is about, but for those who don’t click up top on the “About” tab.  Otherwise, here’s what has been happening.

The Travis Manion Foundation (Travismanion.org) is my primary sponsor right now.  Their mission “is to inspire and activate everyone with the generous spirit of those who serve. Selfless service is the heartbeat of our organization. Our military and their families live a life of service and sacrifice daily; their example provides us a framework to come together, community by community as Americans, to help and support one another.”  They have been amazing.  I am in the last stages of securing one of their challenge grants.  I will be doing fundraising for them as well, considering they’re helping me get things off the ground with the bike and equipment needs.  Check out their site, maybe you have a project you could use help to get off the ground!

The Media Director at Children’s Hospital St. Louis is going to be giving me a tour tomorrow morning.  I’m hoping to take a lot of pictures and notes to share what they’re doing for kids, how Child’s Play is helping them accomplish their goals, and stories of kids fighting to be kids while being treated in a hospital.

More to come!

-Jay