A note from Degage Ministries about how people are already benefiting from racers’ involvement and from the bus ticket challenge, even within a day or two of the race! Nearly 65% of the people Degage helps live at an income of $15,000 or less, and recent estimations suggest that over 50% of their population suffer some form of mental illness. Over 70% have disabilities of some kind.
Read about the Western Michigan Mountain Biking’s fundraising drive toward a 40-mile Grand Loop network of trails in and around downtown and its “50 in 5″ initiative to build 50 miles of trails in 5 years here in West Michigan. Some of your entry fee is going to build these trails and you’ll see results by next year! By the way, did you know that Outside Magazine ranked Grand Rapids the best mountain biking town in the country last year based on great riding, vibrant culture, a resilient economy and a sane housing market. It’s only going to get better!