Passport2Pain - Vashon Island’s Gran Fondo!
Considered by Cycling Enthusiasts as
“The Toughest 'Fun Ride' in Puget Sound”
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Why Sponsor? Attracting cyclists, providing incentives and ride support are important to the success of this event, the primary fundraiser for the Vashon Island Rowing Club (a registered 501(c)3 non-profit). Organizing logistics and volunteers on the ground is no easy feat. Sponsorship allows P2P organizers to cover all the necessary costs associated with putting on a world-class ride ‒ registration, advertising, incentive prizes, jerseys, and an abundance of snacks and fluids for more than 400 riders.
What’s in it for you? At every sponsor level, we offer opportunities and rewards for your participation. P2P offers you the opportunity to be associated with an event that has a unique combination of intense physical challenge, adventure, fun and camaraderie in a beautiful setting ‒ an event that participants remember and share, especially online.
What makes P2P different from other rides? We pride ourselves on making the experience feel like a party on wheels! Our dedicated team of volunteers (many junior rowers) greet riders at each of our 18 checkpoints. Wearing costumes and providing comedic relief, they stand at the ready to collect clothing, stamp passports and provide refreshments. And whether a rider completes the 80-mile “Idiot” ride (10,000 vertical ft.), the 50-mile “Weasel” ride (6,500 vertical ft.), or the 30-mile “Weenie” ride (3,400 vertical ft.), they can count on a fun-filled party and BBQ waiting for them at the Jensen Boathouse finish line.
Why do we do it? P2P was started by the Vashon Island Rowing Club (VIRC) in 2010 as a way to help raise funds and promote fitness. VIRC Junior rowers have won regional, national and world titles and have earned more than $1.5 million in college scholarships over the last 5 years. Whether they compete beyond high school or not, junior rowers come away with life skills in teamwork and discipline. The funds raised by P2P give our Island club the ability to offer financial aid to many young rowers, maintain our boats, purchase new equipment, and make improvements to our facility.