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Camp Mount Luther turns 50 this year, and we’re celebrating in style!

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In addition to a huge party on the 30th of June, our fundraising known as the Birthday Candle Campaign is underway to try to retire the debt on the Evergreen Center this year.

As the camp is now a half-century old, I thought a half-century Bike Ride would be appropriate. This is not a race, but you’re welcome to bring a friend and challenge each other. All speeds are welcome. We will have a course sweeper making sure that no one gets left behind.

The ride will begin at the camp at 9am, and follow a course of back roads to McEwensville, turning around at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, then along the river through Milton, across to Lewisburg, and back to the camp. You can see a map on mapmyride. It may be off by a couple hundred yards, since Holy Spirit was not there when the satellite view was taken.

For riders who are not as ambitious to tackle a 50 mile ride, we will have a group leaving at 11am from Holy Spirit to do the second half of the course, so that all riders will end at the camp. That map is also on mapmyride.

Course aid stations will have water, food and bathrooms. Vehicle support will also be circulating for emergencies. It is a completely open road course, so traffic laws must be obeyed, and safety is paramount. We expect all riders to wear helmets. You will need to sign a waiver the morning of the ride. The course has been designed to minimize high traffic areas, but we will go through some towns. There is no way to do a flat course in Central PA, but we’ve avoided any rated climbs, except for one short Cat 5 on the way back to camp. Nothing like the New Berlin or Troxelville mountains. Check out the elevation profiles on those map links.

We have enlisted the support of our bishop, who is a cyclist with many years riding. Come and ride with Bishop Driesen and many others on June 1.

The cost for the ride is $25, which gets you an event tshirt, any sponsor goodies we can collect, and the course support. In addition, we would like to encourage fundraising to the camp. For every additional $25 raised by a rider, he/she will get a ticket into a prize drawing to be held that day.

To direct fundraising, either collect checks to be brought the day of the ride, or instruct your sponsors/donors to donate right on the camp’s website. In the special designation box, they should note “For Bike rider (your name here).”

For the ride itself, we have direct registration on the camp website.

For those who prefer the old-fashioned mail version, download and print this form to mail in.

2013 CML Bike Registration

We hope to borrow a model from the Mid Penn Trailblazers and bring new folks to our camp. Please share this ride with not only camp supporters, but cyclists you may know. And yes, we’ll even let in triathletes. ūüėČ

Of course, we will need volunteers of various kinds, so if you or someone you know would not be interested in riding, but would like to help, I can find them a job on June 1.

And finally, anyone with a business that would like to be a sponsor for this event, contact me. We’ll get you on the shirt for $100. In addition to cash donations to the camp, we need raffle prizes, food donations, and bag goodies.

Email me directly with any questions.

A sample fundraising email message:

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Hello! I wanted you to know I am going to be celebrating the 50th Birthday of Camp Mount Luther by participating in a 50 mile bike ride on June 1. I would love it if you could help support the camp by sponsoring my ride for whatever amount you can. You can give right to the camp at http://www.campmountluther.org/giving/  At the top of the page, selected Special Designation and put Bike Rider <<<<your name here>>>> in the box. Together we can help insure the future of this great resource for churches and schools in our area.

 

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