Achieve your dream, help kids with the BCM Challenge 2010

In 2009, Jesse Hermreck found out about Big City Mountaineers and wanted to start a chapter in Kansas, where he lived. While we’d love to expand everywhere in the U.S., we’re not quite ready yet. So Jesse did the next best thing: He raised almost $5,000 for BCM, not by participating in Summit For Someone, but by dreaming up his own adventure: He bicycled more than 500 miles from Wichita, Kansas, all the way to the base of Pikes Peak, and then hiked to the 14,110-foot summit, raising $4,845.00 for BCM along the way.

What do you have planned this summer? Got a mountain in mind, or a race, or another goal? Want to help us get urban teens outdoors, while pursuing your dream? This year, we’re launching the BCM Challenge 2010 to inspire you to get out and cross something off your bucket list while helping those less fortunate to get out in the wilderness and develop some dreams of their own.

The top fundraiser between May 5 and November 5, 2010, will receive a prize package.

For information on the BCM Challenge 2010, e-mail brendan@bigcitymountaineers.org or call Brendan at 303-271-9200, ext. 403.

Here are a couple other people challenging themselves and making a difference helping Big City Mountaineers:

Ben Gipson is a former Summit For Someone climber, and he liked the challenge of climbing Mount Rainier and the challenge of raising money for BCM back in 2008. In 2010, he decided to take a year to raise $10,000 for BCM and, well, do a bunch of stuff he doesn’t like to do — Ben probably puts it best on his web site, www.runbikebeer.com:

Most people who know me know that I hate being active, and especially hate running when I could bike or just relax at home.  And because I hate that so, I came up with an idea.  I am going to commit to an entire year of being active.  An entire year of training and events that get me out, and entire year of trying to raise money for BCM.

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Dr. Tony Breitbach didn’t want to go the rest of his life saying, “I always wanted  to ride my bike across America,” but never do it. So he used his lifelong dream as a vehicle to help those less fortunate.

In February 2010, he started pedaling from San Diego with BCM’s Cause Marketing Coordinator, Brendan Leonard, and the two crossed the country in 49 days, averaging 60 miles of cycling per day. Along the way, they turned their adventure into a highly successful fundraiser, collecting more than $19,000 for Big City Mountaineers. As they cranked out their 3,000-mile journey they posted daily updates on their web site, www.justanotherbikerideacrossamerica.org.

-Brendan

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