Pedal Past Poverty Fundraiser Rescheduled for Spring, Open-Air Venue
Partners for Housing (P4H) has rescheduled its ninth annual Pedal Past Poverty fundraiser. Presented by MEI-Total Elevator Solutions, this exciting and unique stationary bike race has been a key element for P4H to raise funds to help fight homelessness. The event will convene at its new venue, the Blue Earth County parking structure at the corner of Cherry and Fourth streets in Mankato on Saturday, April 24, 2021.
“It’s been a year of moving targets, cancellations and rearranged schedules,” Kirsten Becker commented. Becker, communications manager at Partners for Housing (P4H) continued, “We traditionally have held this event in late February, in one of the gyms at the Mankato Family YMCA. Our experiences throughout 2020 and 2021 are teaching us to look outside the box, to be flexible and creative with alternative plans, so we chose an open-air venue, keeping participants safe and put minds at ease. The [BEC] parking structure is ideal—allowing shelter from possible snow or rain, while also providing fresh air circulation for those who said they still wanted to participate.”
The Pedal Past Poverty planning committee is working with regional health professionals to keep the event safe, fun and productive.
“We are excited to be able to offer this fun and impactful event for our 9th Year! Due to all we’ve learned about COVID, we will be making many modifications for this year’s event to ensure the safety of our participants which is at top of mind,” announced Jen Theneman, P4H’s executive director.
“In addition to careful spacing of the bicycles, the administration of health screenings and sanitizing measures, we’re offering participants the option to compete and participate remotely or to have non-riding teams that can fundraise, while still bringing the excitement and energy that our riders look forward to,” Theneman explained.
The event, which began in 2012, has become popular in the community and is not just for biking enthusiasts. Teams of 10 sign up to raise money and their riders who range in from age 6 – 99 hop on a bike and pedal for a cause. Teams are often made up of coworkers, friends, families, church or other civic groups who believe in coming together for fun and to make a difference. Prizes are awarded to fastest riders, most funds raised, and to riders and teams with the most spirit.
Sponsorships are available at various levels. Those interested in supporting this event while promoting their business are encouraged to contact P4H’s main office at 507-387-2115 ext. 4. Volunteers, teams and individual rider/fundraisers may register by visiting the website: partnersforhousing.org/pedal.
“Although, this year’s challenges and opportunities look different for each family, business and organization, we agree that we all must stand together to support the needy and vulnerable within our own areas of reach and influence,” explained Coralyn Musser, Director of Outreach & Engagement at MEI.
“Partners for Housing and their programming are vital to serving our community’s homeless population and helping families move towards stable, permanent housing,” Musser continued.
Music will be provided by Radio Mankato, and plans are underway to include two new features this year, a food truck and a silent auction. Additionally, Vusa Bentley will be “Planking Past Poverty”. Bentley, a world-record seeker in women’s forearm planking, plans to plank for three hours during the event.
P4H has been providing housing services to vulnerable populations for over 35 years. The organization owns and operates several properties that provide various housing options. In addition to the emergency shelters, Theresa House, Union Street Place and Welcome Inn, they offer transitional and permanent housing options to homeless and/or at-risk individuals and families in the Greater Mankato Area. Over 250 area residents are positively affected daily through P4H’s various programs.