Pursuit at it again in Rapid City

June 30, 2016

http://www.newscenter1.tv/story/32340411/cyclists-travel-cross-country-to-help-those-with-disabilities

RAPID CITY, S.D. -

A group of 15 cyclists stopped in Rapid City Wednesday afternoon with 1,300 miles behind them and 2,200 miles left on their journey.

The cyclists are on a Pursuit for Those with Disabilities, raising more than $12 million already for The Center in Houston. The Center is the largest organization in Texas that supports people with disabilities. Cyclists are hoping to raise $13.5 million in Texas. Now, they are riding from Oregon to Maryland.

Pursuit Rider-In-Chief David Baldwin said he got up early one morning and was concerned about the future of the Center. "Our viability financially. And to relieve the stress, I got on my bicycle - and I'm not a real serious cyclist - but I just all of the sudden felt much better, and thought, wow, wouldn't it be great to take time off and ride our bikes across the country? Go visit other people who support organizations like ours learn from them, and hopefully raise enough money to really transform the Center." 

Pursuit for Those with Disabilities will bring information back to Texas and present at a summit at the end of the year.

 

 

HOMETOWN COVERAGE CHRONICILING OUR PURSUIT

Cyclist will log 3,500 miles on charity ride

KEN HOFFMAN

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David Baldwin is riding across the country raising money for The Center. He’s writing a blog about each day’s ride, complete with videos and funny stories. Follow along at pursuitride.org.

Sometimes doing the right thing can be a big pain in the butt.

Houstonian David Baldwin is riding his bicycle across America to raise awareness — and $13.5 million — for The Center, the largest facility in Texas serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Baldwin is about a quarter of his way across the United States.

Guess which part of his body hurts the most?

“My butt hurts something awful,” he said. “I’m putting all sort of creams and stuff on it, but the only thing that helps is sitting in an ice bath for 20 minutes every night. That’s painful, too, but it gets me back on the bike the next morning.”

Baldwin is 53. “I’m a fat, slobby-looking old man. I am in no way, shape or form supposed to do a journey like this,” he said.

So whatever possessed this engineer-turned-investor to jump on a bicycle and pedal 3,500 miles from Oregon, over mountains, across prairies and through big cities, to Delaware? That’s 25 MS150s back-to-back, never missing a day.

“My wife Maire and I have been associated with The Center for about 25 years,” Baldwin said. “We don’t have children. When we made that decision, we knew we wanted to get involved in an organization that helps people. We picked The Center, which services people with cerebral palsy, autism and Down Syndrome. We’ve done everything from paint bathrooms, to board work to organize fund-raisers. It’s been the best experience of our lives.”

He wanted to do “something more substantial.” About a year ago …

“I was lying in bed, stressing out because The Center was facing some serious funding problems. I went for a short bike ride and it became clear to me, ‘This is it! I’ll ride my bike across America to raise money.”

Maire Baldwin, an economist, is joining him for some of the ride.

He already has raised $12 million toward his goal of $13.5 million. That will help The Center buy the land it sits on, erase its debt and stash afew million in the bank to keep it operating for many years. The Center services 500 people, with 300 living on its campus. The Center is legal guardian to 65 people.

“I can’t imagine — or allow it to happen — The Center not being there to help these people and their families who have trusted us,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin started his journey in Astoria, Oregon, on June 6. He plans to dip the front tire of his bike in the Atlantic Ocean in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Aug. 3.

He is not riding alone. About 350 volunteers are supporting the ride, with 75 of them riding along with him on different stages. He usually has three or four people pedaling in front to break the wind. He has a decked-out motor home — bedroom, kitchen, video editing room and barbecue grill on the back — along for the ride. Country music stars would be envious.

A mobile bike shop is trailing him in case of mechanical breakdown or flat tires.

The mobile home is splashed with the logos of 45 corporate sponsors like a NASCAR racer. Bike Barn loaded up the trailer with tools, bicycle parts and emergency gear.

Baldwin is riding a custom-designed Trek bike with front and back shock absorbers. He paid for the bike, so it wouldn’t come out of money targeted for The Center. He’s doing this ride on the cheap as much as possible.

Trek Travels arranged his route, keeping Baldwin off major highways, and on roads with safety shoulders.

“They didn’t pay any regard to mountains and steep inclines, which disappointed this old guy,” Baldwin laughed.

Asked if he’s encountered mountains yet, Baldwin said, “That’s all we’ve encountered!”

A few days ago, he endured the Teton Pass in Wyoming. Some of the hills were so steep, it was like riding straight up a wall. He will face the Continental Divide — twice. Then there’s the Rocky Mountains.

Baldwin is writing a blog about each day’s ride, complete with videos and funny stories. Follow along at pursuitride.org. You can pedal along vicariously by visiting The Center at 3550 West Dallas near downtown. They have a room, called “Mission Control,” with stationary bikes and large screens showing video of Baldwin’s ride from the previous day.

Baldwin will visit with organizations across the country that service disabled adults.

“I want to bring back their best ideas, so we can implement them and do things better for our clients in Houston,” he said. “That’s one of the original purposes of this journey.”

So far, problems have been few: sore muscles, one flat tire and one idiot in an 18-wheeler who sideswiped Baldwin into a ditch. The team is using super-thick heavy tires to avoid flats.

Baldwin and his support team are eating half their meals picnic-style outside the mobile home. They’re stopping at small-town cafes and ice cream shops for lunch and snacks.

“The best things we’ve eaten so far were a calzone in John Day, and some huckleberry ice cream in Swan Valley, Idaho,” Baldwin said.

The huckleberry is the state fruit of Idaho.

Baldwin weighed 196 pounds in Oregon. He was down to 189 in Wyoming,

“I’m burning between 5,500 and 6,500 calories a day. When the team goes to dinner, we order two of everything. One of the volunteers is a nutritionist. She’s drilled into my head that I have to eat right for this to work. I’m learning,” he said.

There always has to be a spoil sport.

Each day’s ride begins with a group meeting and safety check. He’s riding different distances, depending on inclines and weather. He’s not riding at night. As his journey rolls on, Baldwin will pass through Yellowstone National Park, Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., where several events with organizations similar to The Center are planned.

“I’m going to make it, and I know I’ll be emotional when I reach the end,” he said. “I can assure you that I’ll have tears in my eyes. I may have to walk my bike up some of the mountains, but I’ll finish. To think I would let The Center down, and not give my best — I couldn’t do that.” ken.hoffman@chron.com Twitter: @KenChronicle

Idaho Falls...Pursuit in the news!

Our Interview is here:  http://www.localnews8.com/news/pursuit-of-a-good-cause/40129126

Pursuit of a good cause

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -

A team of cyclists from Houston and across the United States that made a stop in Idaho Falls Sunday afternoon, is embarking on a 3,500-mile cross-country bike ride in hopes of raising $13.5 million for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Pursuit For Those with Disabilities Campaign will also be stopping by Aspire, which provides services to adults and children with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities.

The Pursuit For Those with Disabilities Campaign riders will also be meeting with a local Boise nonprofit.The money raised will go to The Center organization, a nonprofit located in Houston.

Pursuit chief rider David Baldwin assembled a team of more than 200 volunteers, riders, sponsors and support staff to drive the effort.

Baldwin said there are 11.5 million people nationwide living with a disability. 

"We learned a lot about inclusion having people with disabilities living more in the community and more independently. Giving them vocational training and vocational opportunities.  We have over 30 learning visits to do.  Monday in Idaho Falls we are working with Aspire which is another great organization right here in your own backyard," Baldwin said.

Pursuit campaign manager Jourdan Ellis said the campaign is bringing awareness to all disabilities.

"Anything from Down syndrome to Aspergers to autism there's really no one disability that we are focusing on. People just need to know how to act around people with disabilities, how states are funding individuals with disabilities. Overall giving them more attention. And the attention that they deserve," Ellis said.

The ride started in Oregon on June 6. and will end on Aug. 3.

Along the way, riders will pass through 11 states and 12 major cities before ending near Washington, D.C.

 

making houston news again!

June 17, 2016

http://abc13.com/society/houston-mans-journey-aims-to-raise-millions-for-disabled/1389704/#videoplayer

In this week's Foti High Five, a Houston man on a cross country bike ride is hoping to raise millions to save a facility that helps and houses adults with disabilities.

David Baldwin is headed through 11 states on a 3,500-mile journey. He's starting at the Pacific Ocean. He's now in Ontario, Oregon, and headed across country to the Atlantic Ocean.

Baldwin says it's the most important bike ride of his life. He explained, "We are trying to raise $13.5 million for The Center in Houston."

The Center is Houston's largest non-profit organization that helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Baldwin has been a long-time supporter, even though he has no children.

He said, "In many cases we are the legal guardians of our clients, so that means families have entrusted us with the long-term viability to support their family members."

In the past years, Baldwin says the center's financial situation has deteriorated, threatening hundreds of disabled adults, many of whom live at The Center.

Late last year, it hit him: he had to do something -- something big -- to save The Center.

Baldwin said, "This was just something that we felt blessed and called to do."

Baldwin calls it the Pursuit Ride -- part fundraiser, part awareness campaign.

Even though the ride just started, Baldwin and his wife have already helped raise $11 million since January.

Baldwin said, "It's not easy, and particularly when you hit the mountains and the headwinds."

Yet with every pedal stroke and stride, Baldwin says he's reminded of those residents of The Center. It keeps him going.

He told us about the lesson he's learned along the way: He said, "Don't wait to do tomorrow what God has giving you the opportunity to do today."

And for that, we give Baldwin a high five -- all the way from Houston -- to keep Baldwin going strong.

Riders get ready for a cross-country bike ride to raise funds and awareness for some special Houstonians

HOUSTON - Some bike riders are gearing up for one amazing trek across the country and all to help some very special Houstonians right here at home.

"Here we go!" a trainer shouted at 'Mission Control,' a local facility where riders are training for the big event.

It's a cross-country bike ride like no other with the goal of raising $11 million to support a Houston non-profit called "The Center," which has been serving the Houston community for over 60 years.

"The Center" helps people who have IDD, or adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

"I'm most emotional about how many people have joined this mission...for making it special," 'Pursuit' Rider-in-Chief David Baldwin shared.

The ride is called "Pursuit for Those With disAbilities,"and Houston energy executive Baldwin is its architect. Along with his wife Maire, he has helped The Center grow and thrive in our community.

"The funnest thing my wife and I are ever going to do," Baldwin choked up. "And I'd love it if all of our city would come and join us in this mission."

The state-of-the-art training facility for riders has been dubbed "Mission Control" -- and just like the pioneering facility at NASA-- the Center's Mission Control is paving the way to boldly go on a journeythat will truly make a difference for others.

"Let's build out a room here in Houston where people can come ride here in Houston," Baldwin explained, describing the Mission Control facility. "Maybe it's just one hour...15...20 miles, but they can join in this journey."

Yeah, the big ride begins on June 6 in Oregon and will continue across the country for 3,500 miles, winding up in Washington D.C. on August 1 and then concluding in Delaware on August 3.

"Gotta buckle up the boots," Baldwin laughed. "If they can win the Tour de France for Chris Froome, they can get a fat, 53-year-old guy across the country. No problem."

You can find out all about the journey at the website www.PursuitRide.org .

And get ready to start "doing something fun, doing something that can make a difference, and just getting on with it," Baldwin pleaded. "Don't wait until tomorrow what you can do today."

So, what are you waiting for, Houston?

Let's ride!!

http://cw39.com/2016/06/03/riders-get-ready-for-a-cross-country-bike-ride-to-raise-funds-and-awareness-for-some-special-houstonians/

 

Dynamo Charities Cup.

Proceeds of BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup to benefit charity bike ride for adults with disabilities

Bank, Dynamo team up to raise money for Pursuit, a cross-country trek for a cause

Proceeds from annual match will help support The Center, a Houston nonprofit

May 09, 2016

HOUSTON, May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass and the Houston Dynamo today announced that proceeds of the 2016 BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup held on May 24 at BBVA Compass Stadium will benefit the Pursuit for those with disABILITIES bicycle ride, a 3,500-mile cross-country trek to raise money and awareness for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup is an annual exhibition match in which the Dynamo take on a team from outside Major League Soccer, with proceeds benefiting a local nonprofit organization. BBVA Compass, in partnership with Dynamo Charities, will donate a minimum of $10,000, along with a portion of all proceeds above that amount from this year's Charities Cup. The match between the Dynamo and Real Sociedad of Spain's La Liga BBVA will benefit Pursuit's goal of raising $11 million for The Center, which has calledHouston home for more than six decades.

"The BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup is a special evening for us, as we welcome an incredibly talented international team to our city for a matchup against the Dynamo," said BBVA Compass Chairman and CEO Manolo Sánchez. "We're using the spotlight to make an impact far beyond the pitch, shining it on a cause we can all rally around. We'd love for all Houstonians to come out and help build a brighter future for people with disabilities."

Real Sociedad is the eighth international opponent overall to face the Dynamo in the Charities Cup. The Dynamo will be led onto the field by team captain and BBVA Compass brand ambassador Giles Barnes.

"I'm looking forward to playing Real Sociedad in the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup on May 24," Barnes said. "It's always fun to test yourself against some of the best players in the world. BBVA Compass has found a great cause in the Pursuit for those with disABILITIES bicycle ride."

To purchase tickets for the 2016 BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup, click here or visitHoustonDynamo.com.

BBVA Compass debuted a video on April 27 featuring Houston energy executive David Baldwin, leader of the Pursuit cross-country bike ride and charity campaign across the U.S. As presenting sponsor, BBVA Compass said its partnership with Pursuit is the perfect embodiment of its Bright Futures campaign and its 10 bright principles, which articulate its desire to give everyone it reaches a roadmap to a brighter future. The ride across 11 states begins June 6 in Astoria, Ore., and will conclude Aug. 3 in Delaware. To learn more about the Pursuit journey and watch the video that features Baldwin and clients of The Center, visitBBVABright.com/Pursuit.

"Pursuit is extremely grateful to have the support of BBVA Compass and to be announced as the beneficiary of this year's Charities Cup," Baldwin said. "Crossing the country by bike is a long trek, but it's nothing compared to the challenges that individuals with disABILITIES face every day."

About BBVA Group
BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). The BBVA Group is the largest financial institution in Spain and Mexico, has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States and is also the leading shareholder in Garanti, Turkey's largest bank based on market capitalization. Its diversified business is focused on high-growth markets and it relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at bbva.com.

About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 674 branches, including 345 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 75 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 inColorado and 20 in New Mexico, and commercial and private client offices throughout the U.S. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) andArizona (4th). BBVA Compass recently earned top nods for best mobile app and best regional bank in the South & West in Money magazine's annual list of the Best Banks in America. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at bbvacompass.com, by following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting newsroom.bbvacompass.com

About the Houston Dynamo
The Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships and four conference championships in its first 10 seasons and qualified to represent the United States in international competition six times. The team trains in the Houston Methodist Champions' Field at Houston Sports Park (HSP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. For more information, log on to www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.

Editor's Note:
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank.

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Pursuit Sponsors.

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BBVA COMPASS NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF CROSS-COUNTRY BIKE RIDE, CHARITY CAMPAIGN

Bank, PwC team up with Pursuit to raise money, awareness for adults with disabilities

HOUSTON (April 27, 2016) – BBVA Compass is putting its name behind every push of the pedal as presenting sponsor of PURSUIT FOR THOSE WITH disABILITIES, a 3,500-mile cross-country bicycle ride to raise money and awareness for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, organizers announced today.

Pursuit, conceived and brought to life by Houston energy executive David Baldwin, is an epic journey that seeks to raise $11 million for The Center, a nonprofit organization that has been serving Houston for more than six decades. The bank said its partnership with Pursuit is the perfect embodiment of its Bright Futures campaign and its 10 bright principles, which articulate its desire to give everyone it reaches a roadmap to a brighter future. 

The bank debuted a poignant video featuring Baldwin and clients of The Center that focuses attention on a population in need, their personal stories of inspiration, and how Pursuit is making a difference in their lives. Watch it at BBVABright.com/Pursuit

“We are proud to support Pursuit and Houston’s own David Baldwin, who personifies the notion of living bright as he embarks on the cross-country bike of a lifetime — all for a cause that has no boundaries,” said BBVA Compass Chief Marketing and Digital Sales Officer Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini. “His 3,500-mile two-wheeled trek to raise money for The Center supports our own mission of building a brighter future for everyone. We’ll be cheering him along every step of the way — because together we’re making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.” 

The ride across 11 states begins June 6 in Astoria, Ore., and will conclude Aug. 3 in Delaware. Riders will pass through Portland, Boise, Yellowstone National Park, Badlands National Park, the Twin Cities, Madison, Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh before ending near Washington, D.C. Others are encouraged to join the effort by biking with the team along three scenic “ride-along” legs: Jackson, Wyo., to Badlands National Park (560 miles); St. Paul, Minn., to Chicago (500 miles); and Pittsburgh to northern Maryland (165 miles).

The team of cyclists traveling with Baldwin on his trip will sport jerseys that feature BBVA Compass’ logo and distinctive blue ombre color scheme, along with the #LiveBright hashtag for the Bright Futures initiative. BBVA Compass will host a series of #LiveBright pop-up celebrations along the route to bring national awareness to the cause. Simple, a member of the BBVA family of businesses, will be the site of the ride’s first event in Portland, Ore.

“Everybody agreed that what David is doing for The Center was something we needed to get behind and support in a big way,” said BBVA Compass Head of Global Wealth for Houston Karen Dixon. “I’m looking forward to seeing David Baldwin accomplish this crazy goal. He set forth to do more than most ever imagine.”

Cyclists will also stop at similar nonprofit agencies in cities along the route to share best practices, raise awareness and jumpstart a national effort to raise more attention and resources for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Other top-level sponsors of the effort include PwC and SCF Partners.

"PwC Houston is proud to be one of the title sponsors of Pursuit," said Niloufar Molavi, PwC’s Vice Chair, US Energy Leader and Greater Houston Market Managing Partner. "PwC offers an inclusive environment in which people of all abilities can contribute their unique perspectives, talents and skills in a way that brings value to our people, the firm and our clients.

“While our disability initiatives provide our people with the tools they need to build relationships across differences, programs alone aren't enough. Inclusive environments are created through countless daily interactions.  Pursuit riders will engage with communities across the nation to raise national awareness around adults with disabilities. We wholeheartedly support The Center's mission and are excited to cheer on David and all participants."  

Other major sponsors are TNT Crane; First Reserve; Latham & Watkins; Lionstone; Midway Foundation; Trek Travel; ttweak; Chi-Omega Alumnae; The Catalyst Group; Avalon Advisors; McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc.; Wells Fargo; Schnake Turnbo Frank; and EOG Resources.

Other supporting sponsors include Comcast; Baylor College of Medicine; Vinson & Elkins; Arch-Con; Gensler; Mustang CAT; and Noisemaker Communications.

Contributors also include Air Liquide; Gardere; Indumar; Texas Children’s Hospital; Bike Barn; Sterling Associates; Bracewell; MML Capital; Axel Vervoordt USA LLC; Chevron; and Labrada Nutrition.

For more information, visit www.pursuitride.org.

About BBVA Compass

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 674 branches, including 345 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 75 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico, and commercial and private client offices throughout the U.S. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (4th). BBVA Compass recently earned top nods for best mobile app and best regional bank in the South & West in Money magazine’s annual list of the Best Banks in America. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at bbvacompass.com, by following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting newsroom.bbvacompass.com.  

 

"pursuit" Defined.

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CROSS-COUNTRY BIKE RIDE PLANNED TO RAISE $11 MILLION

FOR ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

 

3,500-Mile Journey Begins June 6 in Oregon, Concludes August 3 Near Washington, D.C.

HOUSTON (April 14, 2016) – A team of cyclists from Houston and around the United States this summer will embark upon a 3,500-mile ride across the country to raise money and awareness for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

The campaign, known as PURSUIT FOR THOSE WITH disABILITIES will raise $11 million for The Center organization, a nonprofit that has been serving Houston for more than six decades. Cyclists will stop at similar nonprofit agencies in cities along the route to share best practices, raise awareness and jumpstart a national effort to attract more attention and resources to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

Pursuit is led by David Baldwin, an energy executive in Houston who has long championed The Center and its clients. Along with his wife Maire, Baldwin has assembled a team of more than 200 volunteers, riders, sponsors and support staff to drive the effort.

 

“The life expectancy of adults with developmental disabilities has doubled over the last few decades,” Baldwin said. “The population has grown and the needs are greater. The Center, and most of its peer agencies around the country, was not built to accommodate adults with such needs. Nationwide, as a society we are ill-prepared to serve this population adequately – in facilities, resources and care. This population has been under-served and overlooked for too long.”

 

“Other good causes, such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, have rightfully seen a surge in awareness and attention in recent years. Each of these efforts has been spearheaded by a national movement. It’s time that our citizens, philanthropists and lawmakers begin giving support and attention to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. PURSUIT FOR THOSE WITH disABILITIES will give them that platform.”

 

The ride begins June 6 in Oregon, and will conclude Aug. 3 in Maryland. Along the way, riders will pass through Portland, Boise, Yellowstone National Park, Badlands National Park, the Twin Cities, Madison, Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, before ending near Washington, D.C.

 

Riders are encouraged to participate through fundraising with three scenic “ride-along” legs: Jackson, Wyo., to Badlands National Park (560 miles); St. Paul, Minn., to Chicago (500 miles); and Pittsburgh to northern Maryland (165 miles). Several clients of organizations that help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are expected to ride portions of the route, as well.

Baldwin and the Pursuit team will participate in events in major cities along the way, to bring awareness and raise money for the cause.

 

In May, organizers will unveil Mission Control, a repurposed high-tech activity room at The Center in Houston, where the public can track progress of the cyclists, ride along on stationery bikes, and sponsor their own organized rides for corporate, school and civic groups.

 

Baldwin emphasized that this is about much more than a bike ride.

 

“This is a journey in every sense of the word,” he said. “Thirty-five hundred miles is a long trek, but it’s nothing compared to the challenges that this population faces every day.”

 

Sponsors and more information will be announced in coming weeks. For more information, visit www.pursuitride.org.

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