We donated $10,000 to Bike & Build’s Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity home!

pikes peak habitat christina clarke genco foundation bike and buildWe are thrilled to announce the Foundation’s first major donation! Funds raised from the first annual Christina Clarke Genco Mother’s Day Memorial Ride in May 2012 were donated to cross-country cycling nonprofit Bike & Build in support of a home currently being built along the South Carolina to Santa Cruz (SC2SC) 2012 route in partnership with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity. Through the support of hundreds of individuals and organizations, the Foundation was able to donate $10,000 towards the future home of the Backman family.

 

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On July 5th, 2012, Foundation President & Christina’s mother Caroline Genco and Board Member/Affordable Housing Liaison Rachel Jodway, along with Christina’s brother Joe, flew to Colorado Springs and met with the Pikes Peak Habitat and the SC2SC Bike & Build groups to volunteer their time to help with the construction. The Backman family’s new home is one of many “Blitz Builds” completed by Pikes Peak Habitat, with the aim of the entire shell of the house being completed in six days. The three representatives of the Foundation spent three days along with the Bike & Build riders, Habitat board members and volunteers, and the Backman family themselves, building their future home.

pikes peak habitat for humanity christina clarke genco foundation bike and buildIn the three days Caroline, Rachel, and Joe volunteered, the floor boards were laid, all the interior and exterior walls were built and put into place, and the outer sheathing was just about complete. It’s amazing how fast a dedicated group of people can make a home go up! It was an honor working and building with such a wonderful community. Endless thanks to everyone who made this opportunity possible.

Learn more about the Foundation’s affordable housing fund.

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Bike & Build’s SC2SC12 trip poses at Pikes Peak Habitat with the Christina Clarke Genco Foundation

Alabama Wheelmen Memorial Ride!

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Keith Webb and his kids Kenneth and Kelsey (both 12) from Scottsboro,who rode to Sylvania and back

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Mike Bowman (Gadsden) drove his car behind the riders on the 80 mile route

The Alabama Wheelmen held a Christina Genco Alabama Memorial Ride on June 3, 2012 to pay tribute to her life, raise funds for the Christina Clarke Genco Foundation, and raise awareness in the area for cyclists on the roads. The event was blessed with excellent weather and succeeded on all fronts.

“This was truly something special, we all felt blessed to be able to participate if even on a small scale,” said James Dawson, who organized the ride. Dawson got in touch with Caroline Genco, President of the CCG Foundation, earlier this year. For this ride, rest stops were manned at three different locations. Tonie and Adam Niblett from the Northeast Alabama Community College hosted a rest stop near the campus with the help of John Howe, who also set up a rest stop near Peak’s Corner. A rest stop was also set up at Little River Canyon Overlook. Alabike provided large signs that warned motorists on Hwy 35 and Hwy 75 to watch for cyclists on the roads. The Rainsville police helped monitor traffic on Hwy 35 on Sand Mountain where the riders were crossing near the finish of the 80 mile course. Both Jacqy Stone and Jamie Miernik helped the event run smoothly. The event raised over $500 for the CCG Foundation.

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James Tucker (Valley Head) approaches the finish line in Blake

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James Tucker after completing the 80 mile course

Endless thanks to James Dawson and the Alabama Wheelmen for organizing this ride and for all of the support!

Success! The First Annual Christina Clarke Genco Foundation Mother’s Day Memorial Ride Recap

Christina Clarke Genco Foundation Memorial Ride 2012On Sunday, May 13, 2012, over 300 cyclists and over 100 volunteers came together in the Boston, MA suburbs on a warm and sunny Mother’s Day to carry out the first annual Christina Clarke Genco Foundation Memorial Ride. Through the support of hundreds of individuals and organizations, the Foundation will donate $10,000 to the cross-country cycling nonprofit Bike & Build, in support of a home built along the South Carolina to Santa Cruz (SC2SC) 2012 route in partnership with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity. The SC2SC route was the Bike & Build route Christina Clarke Genco was leading in 2011 when a tragic accident took her young life. Now, less than a year later, the Foundation formed in her honor has accomplished much with its first major event, working to continue the inspiring service to which Christina had dedicated her life.

Caroline Genco, President of the FoundationSplit into four different routes, the day kicked off bright and early at City Hall with the longest route of 68 miles sent off by the Mayor of Newton, MA, Setti Warren. The day was deemed ‘Christina Clarke Genco Day,’ and the spandex-clad riders set off into the rolling hills and gorgeous farmland southwest of the city. Volunteers in snazzy yellow T-shirts helped to organize the registration desk, distribute maps and cue sheets, decorate the sidewalks with chalk, place traffic cones, and man the three refreshment-filled rest stops along the way.

“It really is a perfect way to give tribute to Christina — she was all about family,” said Caroline Genco, Christina’s mother and President of the Foundation. “This ride and the support for the Foundation is much larger than we ever anticipated.” Several organizations connected to the mission of the Foundation–to inspire youth to find their passion and make a difference in their communities–participated in the event: The Boston University School of Hospitality Administration helped to create and promote the ride, Bike Newton was on-hand to help give bike safety pointers, Cycle Loft and International Bikes provided free bike checks and mechanic support along the ride, Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston distributed information about builds in and around Newton and were supported by Greater Lowell Habitat and BU Habitat, City Sports distributed discount coupons, Urban AdvenTours offered discounted rental bicycles for participants, Revolution Lacrosse postponed a team practice in order to provide some epic volunteer support, and Bike & Build and its alumni led a safety pep talk before each route departed.

Riders departing on the 34 and 17 mile routes were sent off by the Boston University Pep Band, blasting big band versions of “Shipping Up to Boston” and “Build Me Up Buttercup” to participants and a number of excited spectators. The family ride, heavily supported and escorted by the Newton police department, set out with a great mix of young and young-at-heart riders to the reggae tunes of Toussaint the Liberator, who performed right in front of the finish line as riders returned from the road to enjoy delicious Black Strap BBQ and sweets from Rosie’s Bakery.

Board Members at the Memorial Ride CCG FoundationThe Foundation wishes to thank all of the amazing people who helped honor Christina’s legacy and make this day an astounding success. This truly wouldn’t have been possible without you.

Check out some great press coverage from the day from BU Today, Newton TV, and Newton Patch!

 

Ready to sign up for the 2013 Memorial Ride? Visit http://bit.ly/CCG2013 today!

Need a bicycle for the Memorial Ride?

Urban AdvenTours is offering a discounted rate for anyone wishing to rent a bicycle who has registered for the Memorial Ride:

Road Bike Rental* $67.50
Carbon Road Bike Rental* $90
Hybrid Rentals* $31.50

*All rentals include a helmet and individual bike fitting. 

To access this discounted rate, riders must call (617) 670-0637 and identify themselves as registered cyclists for the Christina Clarke Genco Mother’s Day Memorial Ride.

Bike rentals can be picked up either on…

  • Sunday, May 13th – at Newton City Hall, the morning of the event
  • Saturday, May 12th – at the Urban AdvenTours bike shop downtown, 9 am to 8 pm

NOTEYou can only receive the discounted rate if you make a reservation by phone at (617) 670-0637 or in-person.

Volunteer for the Memorial Ride!

Volunteers needed! In order to make the Memorial Ride a success, we need volunteers to assist us with event preparation, route support, and general event management throughout Mother’s Day weekend.

Whether you want to ride and volunteer on Mother’s Day, simply help make PB&J’s the day before, or even just man the registration table at the event, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

Sign-up to volunteer!

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Women’s Build Week

The Mother’s Day Memorial Ride is now a registered Women’s Health Event.

The CCG Foundation will be participating in Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build Week.
During this weeklong National event, women devote at least one day to the effort to eliminate
poverty housing. Women’s Build Week is typically held the week before Mother’s Day.

The CCG Foundation will have a dedicated build day on May 10, 2012. Ten women
representing the Foundation will work together on a build site in partnership with the Boston
Habitat Affiliate. For more information on Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build Week please
visit their website- http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/events/event-detail.cfm?eventID=9036

Memorial Ride Registration Now Live!

We Bike for Christina posterRegistration is now available for the first annual Christina Clarke Genco Mother’s Day Memorial Ride on bikereg.com. The ride will commemorate Christina Genco’s life and raise funds for the Foundation to support an affordable housing project in partnership with Bike & Build.

The ride will take place on Sunday, May 13 in the greater Boston, MA area and will provide four safe routes of varying lengths for everyone from families with children to experienced cyclists. Check out the Memorial Ride page for additional details.

Click here to sign up with your friends and family today:

https://www.bikereg.com/Net/15346