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The Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Ride, now in its 23rd year, is a fun fundraising event like no other. Proceeds go to local organizations serving the youth in our community. The Rotary Ride consists of a 3 day fully supported 200 mile ride culminating at a festive Finish Line Party featuring music, food, fun and friends.
SPECIAL NOTICE REGARDING THE EFFECT OF COVID-19 ON THE ROTARY RIDE
While there is so much uncertainty with COVID-19 - you can be certain that The Rotary Bike Ride will happen this year! We want to assure you that we are working through every detail to ensure your safety while also following the State and County guidelines.
How can we do this? Well, we are simultaneously planning 3 different Ride scenarios and will be ready to quickly switch as we assess the situation closer to October 1.
Beyond the safety of our riders and community, the primary goal of this ride is to support our local charitable organizations, and they need this support more than ever since COVID-19. So we want to encourage you to start, or for some of you rock-stars, continue your fundraising! It's easy to do using the personal fundraising page you'll create when you complete your ride registration here. And, we are temporarily deferring the registration fee! Simply enter the coupon code COVID19 when completing your registration and you won't be charge a fee.
Our 3 basic plans are:
Plan A: Full 3-day bike ride with enhanced transmission-prevention strategies. Registration fees will be collected later to cover transportation, lodging and food.
Plan B: A 1-Day ride with transmission prevention strategies that eliminates the travel out of county. Significantly reduced registration fees for this plan will be collected later.
Plan C: A virtual ride if we happen to be under shelter-in-place regulations at that time. No additional registration fee will be collected.
Emerging details will be communicated to registered participants, including information on training rides.
Over the years we've raised more than $750,000 for local organizations! Each year we choose a primary beneficiary to receive the largest percentage of the ride proceeds. This year we're excited to announce that Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services will again be our number one. In addition, we proudly support the following additional organizations and causes: CASA of Santa Cruz County, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County, Shared Adventures as well as the Sunrise Rotary Club's Charities and Grants and High School Youth Scholarship programs.
The Sunrise Rotary Ride, aka, Jon & Ken's Most Excellent Adventure
In 1997 Jon Sisk and Ken Whiting created a biking fundraiser that over the years grown into our current 3 day adventure. Our ride begins in the heart of the wine country in Healdsburg and takes us through the beauty of the Russian River, Sonoma Coast, Bodega Bay, Tomales Bay, to San Francisco, over the Golden Gate Bridge and down the coast to Santa Cruz. No large riding experience is needed, only a love for our beautiful state and a desire to have some fun while supporting youth in our community.
The ride is exceptionally well supported including all food, lodging, medical and sag. You can rest assured that you will be able to enjoy every bit of every day, while you do the ride that you want to do. The route incorporates rolling hills, some optional steeper hills, remote seaside riding and in-town riding. More seasoned riders can find great challenges each day, while entry level riders can build their experience and achieve their personal bests.
Day 1 – We take a bus from Santa Cruz to Healdsburg and set out just before lunch to ride 48 Miles to Bodega Bay. A fabulous lunch is served at Rick Hofstetter's estate on the Russian River. Lodging is at Inn at the Tides in Bodega Bay. A scrumptious spread of hand crafted hors d'oeuvres and beverages are served at cocktail hour around the hot tub followed by dinner at the Tides Wharf Restaurant.
Day 2 – Get an early start (and a delicious breakfast served by our acclaimed team of road chefs) for an 88 mile ride from Bodega Bay to Pacifica. Lunch is served just after you cross the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. We stay in Pacifica Friday night and eat at Nick’s restaurant.
Day 3 – 64 Miles from Pacifica to Santa Cruz, culminating in a finish line party at the Tannery Arts Center where we join up with One Day riders for food, drink, music raffles and auctions.
And best of all, everything is included!
The ride brings together like-minded individuals committed to supporting our youth, and provides great opportunities for fun and networking. This event is a fundraiser with an all-volunteer crew. 100% of the proceeds go to the charities.
The $450 registration fee covers all rider expenses including transportation to Healdsburg, 2 nights lodging, all meals, snack stops, happy hours, sag and medical support, a commemorative ride T-shirt and admittance to the Finish Line Party.
Riders are required to fundraise an additional $650 (minimum). 100% of which goes to our designated charities. As part of the registration process, you will be guided through the creation of a personal fundraising web page that you can utilize to support your fundraising efforts.
The Sunrise Rotary Ride is limited to only 85 riders and always sells out so sign up today!