VIRTUAL Stroke Across America

We’ve Finished!
Our 100 Day, ocean-to-ocean journey was completed on August 26th with a wheel dip in the Atlantic Ocean.
We’ll be updating this site soon to reflect the completion of the journey and what’s coming next.

Join us from where you live, ride, and play

Overview

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)

Form a team – or join one

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. 

  • Follow this link to our New Team Request Form
  • Enter the requested information 
  • We’ll create your team ASAP – could be within hours, but please give us a day or two before reaching out.  Once created, it will show up on the MVM registration form for you and your friends to select
  • Go to My Virtual Mission, register for VIRTUAL Stroke Across America, and select your team from the dropdown menu
  • Publicize to your group and tell them to select your team from the drop-down menu when they sign up for VIRTUAL Stroke Across America

To join a team:

  • Go to My Virtual Mission, register for VIRTUAL Stroke Across America, and select the team you want to join from the dropdown menu.
  • If you signed up on MVM already, and realize later you’d like to join a team, complete the Join Existing Team form and we will put you on the team you request.

 

MORE INFORMATION – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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.

 

  • 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. But of course we always want to raise funds to support the important work we do at Stroke Onward.
  • How can I contribute to Stroke Onward through this event?
    For the event registration fee, we created 4 choices – $7, $25, $50 and $100.  Paying a $7 fee simply covers our costs of using the MVM platform – we didn’t want to lose money on every participant!  At any of the higher levels, you are making a contribution to Stroke Onward – and you also get the option of receiving an event t-shirt at the conclusion of the mission if you’d like.
  • Can I donate directly to Stroke Onward?
    Of course.  We would love for you to donate on our website here.
  • Can I use this event to help raise money for Stroke Onward from others?
    We know that most virtual events are designed just for this purpose. While that is not the case for VIRTUAL Stroke Across America, of course we’d love you to do so.  The easiest way is to share information about this event, and links to our website, with family friends.  That not only gives them the opportunity to support Stroke Onward by participating in this event or donating directly, but helps us achieve our mission of raising awareness about these important issues.
  • If we’re a nonprofit, can we use this event to raise money for our organization?
    YES.  We strongly encourage our nonprofit allies – or any nonprofit – to form a team, or multiple teams, and encourage your community to participate.  We tried to build the ability for you to raise money into our platform but alas, we couldn’t make it work effectively.  But if you want to use your involvement in this mission to create a fundraising campaign on your own platform, we would be honored to have you do so – and use content from this VIRTUAL mission, and Stroke Across America more broadly, to encourage your donors to support your work. And if you work with people with disabilities, see question two below.
  • If I’m not a nonprofit, why should I form a team?
    Except for hard core distance cyclists, it’s unlikely you will complete this mission – 4,116 miles in 100 days – on your own.  That’s almost 300 miles a week.  If you and your friends average about 30 miles a week, form a team and recruit 9 friends.  Ride more than that, keep your team smaller.  Part of a large group that wants to participate? – form multiple teams and create some friendly competition.
  • How does it work to use sports other than cycling?
    On the MVM platform, you can select your activity from among 13 they list in a drop-down menu. But if you form a team, feel free to set your own “rules”.  We are particularly eager to see groups of people with disabilities Join The Journey while doing the activities of their choice.  If you form a team for your community, create your own conversion table. Maybe an hour of wheelchair basketball = 10 miles of riding. Or for a person with aphasia, creating, practicing, and delivering a talk to a Toastmasters group = 30 miles.  We hope you’ll be creative in coming up with ways to help your community participate.

As we receive more questions, we will add them here. Please submit a question if there’s something that’s still confusing you.