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2023 Pathfinder Bike-a-thon

On February 19th, the Hemet Seventh-day Adventist Pathfinder Club embarked on a journey with a goal of individually riding 50 miles as a fundraiser for the club.  The location: Lake Perris.

We arrived at the south gate entrance of the park.  The entrance was closed even though it was suppose to be open hours earlier.  We got our bikes out of the vehicles and started on our trek on the trail.  A few of us stayed behind till the park ranger opened the gate.

The day was beautiful.  Partially cloudy skies led to many picturesque moments.  Each lap around the lake is about 9.2 miles.  For each Pathfinder to make 50 miles, they would have to go around five times.  For many of the pathfinders this was the longest they have ever ridden.  Our oldest Pathfinder CJ and sister Chloe were able to go around 4 and half laps.  Since we started over an hour late, it made it a bit difficult to finish.  About a half hour before sunset the wind kicked in.  The temperature dropped and made it difficult to pedal.  

A few of our Adventurers were able to go around and complete a full lap.  An awesome feet, for such little legs.  

For those who don't know, our Bike-a-thon is our biggest fundraiser for our club.  Our Pathfinders ask our church members for pledges.  Some pledges are a flat fee.  Other pledges are per lap.  All the funds go back into the club so that costs for our club activities can remain low.  

For some of our members, this was the first time they traveled on their bike even over a couple miles.  Let alone in the dozens of miles.  We attempted to assist in teaching a Pathfinder how to ride her bike.  Hopefully next year she will make it around.  Our staff member Frank was able to go around 3 times, and has the most pledges.  Thanks Frank!

Tricia made snacks for everyone as they went around.  A treat that we all look forward to every event.

It was great going out with our church family, no just as a fundraiser, but to commune and enjoy nature.  We can't wait for the next event.

More Photos to Come.

2023 Pathfinder Bike-a-thon Gallery

Photographs by James Uyeda, Timothy Bearden and Jolene Bearden

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