Pedal for Polio

Event Date & Time: 
Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

Pedal 4 Polio – Crescent City to Petaluma

August 13 – 19, 2017


District 5130 is hosting a 6 day bicycle ride from one end of our District to the other this coming August…from Crescent City to Petaluma to raise awareness of, and raise funds for, our fight against polio. We meet on Sunday, August 13th in Crescent City, have dinner and spend the night with local Rotarians, then start riding south in the morning. We ride for six days, averaging 55 miles per day, finishing in Petaluma on Saturday, August 19th, where the local Clubs are planning a giant party, celebration and media event, announcing how much we have raised (through pledges to riders), and spreading the word about Rotary’s work on ending Polio. 

What??? Are we crazy? Well, sort of…but we’ll do almost anything to defeat this scourge.

Register to Ride Click Here

How can I help (you ask)?

  • Mark your calendars, Pedal 4 Polio, August 13 – 19, 2017.
  • Sign up to ride with us from Crescent City to Petaluma and obtain pledges from friends, family, colleagues and fellow Rotarians.
  • Can’t commit to the whole ride? Sign up to ride for just one, two or 3 days (or even just through your town).
  • If you’re not riding, pledge to sponsor one of the riders (All pledges count towards your Paul Harris).
  • Help your Club provide logistical support for riders along the route (meals, housing, rest stops, etc.).
  • Help your Club promote the event on your personal social media pages, as well as local media.
  • And last but not least, come out and cheer us on as we pedal through or by your town (you don’t know how much that is appreciated by weary riders :-)

Registration details will follow soon.  Meanwhile, I’ve asked each club to have a coordinator for this event, whose job includes recruiting riders, support volunteers, and pledges. Ask them what you can do to help.

Our goal…100% participation from every single Rotarian in District 5130. Just imagine…If all 2,400 Rotarians in our District pledged just $0.10 per mile (Remember the March of Dimes?) to sponsor a rider, we would raise $84,000 for PolioPlus. That’s only $35 each…and when you add The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2 for 1 match, that number grows to over a quarter of a million dollars…$252,000 to be exact. At 60 cents per dose, that represents inoculations for 428,000 children…that is, as next year’s RI theme says, “Making a Difference”. Of course, if you wish to pledge more, who are we to say no? (Think how much a dollar, or even 50 cents per mile would raise?)


Donate to Pedal for Polio Click Here

As a polio survivor, I am so appreciative of your ongoing support. Our District continues to be one of the major supporters of PolioPlus in our Zone. So come ride with us, have fun, and accomplish something great in the process…as one fellow Rotarian calls it…Fun with a purpose!!!

Many Thanks,


Bob Rogers

District Governor


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