Not even a ruthless summer heat wave could stop 5 motivated cyclists’ passions for justice.
On Saturday, July 23 5 young men came from different corners of the US to spend 3 days biking across the state of Michigan to raise money for International Samaritan’s homebuilding program in Granada, Nicaragua, where garbage dump workers and their families often live in unsteady shacks constructed with scraps of sheet metal and tarp.
The men began their long journey at the International Samaritan headquarters in Ann Arbor. Despite temperatures soaring above 90 degrees Fahrenheit multiple times throughout the weekend, they remained dedicated and focused on the task at hand, with all powering through to Harbor Springs for a total trek of 330 miles.
2016 marked the 6th Annual Bikeathon inspired by founder Bart Thompson’s 2007 trip to Guatemala as a student at St. John’s Jesuit High School. After much contemplation, Bart realized the best way to combine his desire to give back to the world’s garbage dump communities with his passion for cycling was through leading charity bike rides for International Samaritan. This year 3 Bikeathon vets, Anthony Chun, Tom Kelly, and Joe Miller, and 1 newcomer, Davis Argersinger, joined Bart.
(L to R:) Thompson, Kelly, Chun, Miller and Argersinger make a pitstop in Stockbridge, MI.
To date, the Bikeathons have raised over $75,000 in support of various International Samaritan programs. Although the 2016 Bikeathon has reached its successful conclusion, donations are still being accepted on Bart’s official donation page to honor a job well done.
Thank you, riders!