Join us from where you live, ride, and play
Stroke Across America (just learning about this? Lots more info here) is all about raising awareness and getting people engaged – so we created VIRTUAL Stroke Across America so anyone can join the journey. Throughout this summer you can participate from wherever you are – on a bike or stationary bike, running, walking, using your wheelchair, doing adaptive sports, or lots of other activities (more on that, including converting other activities into biking miles, can be found below and in the FAQ.) And you can “ride” as much or little as you like – create or join a team so you can all do it together. While you “ride”, you’ll learn about the trip on the road and the Stroke Across America mission as you reach milestones along the way. It’s a great way to participate in a great cause and meet your own activity goals as you go.
It’s not just biking
Access and inclusion are core to our values, so we invite you to participate via the physical activity of your choice, be it cycling, walking, running, elliptical, using your wheelchair, forms adaptive sports – anything you enjoy to stay active. The My Virtual Mission (MVM) platform on which we’re running this event will accept many activities. People who form teams (see below) can create their own rules about how to convert various activities to cycling miles. In the end, it’s an honor system. So join, log your “miles” and have some fun.
Is this a fundraising event?
Not primarily. This is an event to get people involved, and amplify our mission of raising awareness about stroke and aphasia. Unlike most virtual events, there is no obligation to donate, and we are not asking VIRTUAL mission participants to raise money from others. And we do apologize that the platform we are using – My Virtual Mission (MVM) – is designed to support fundraising through events, so there is a lot of fundraising language there.
But of course we do want to raise funds to support the important work we do at Stroke Onward. See below in the FAQ ways that you can support Stroke Onward through this event.
The virtual route is not exactly the same as the actual route
The virtual route is not intended to follow the exact route that the Stroke Across America riders are taking. The inperson route has and will continue to be modified due to construction, weather, or other reasons.
Thus the slight difference in mileage. And, if you are interested in actually riding with the group on the road, check out Ride with Rusti to get access to exact routes ultimately used.
(or read on for more information first)
4,116 miles is a long way. Averaging more than 41 miles a day for 100 days is daunting even for avid riders. So unless you’re a hard core distance rider who wants that challenge, we invite you to participate in this journey as part of a team.
To join a team:
Still have questions about how all this works? Hopefully they will be answered here, and if not, use the link at the bottom of this section to send us your question.
As we receive more questions, we will add them here. Please submit a question if there’s something that’s still confusing you.