Passport To Pain - Vashon Island’s Gran Fondo!
Considered by Cycling Enthusiasts as
“The Toughest 'Fun Ride' in Puget Sound”
Saturday, September 14th, 2019
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 (including many junior rowers) greet riders at each of our 18 checkpoints and the Sandwich Stop. 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.), the 30-mile “Weenie” ride (3,400 vertical ft.), or the 12-mile "Granny" (800 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 2011 as a way to help raise funds and promote fitness. Proceeds go toward new boats and oars, and toward providing financial aid for Juniors. Whether they compete beyond high school or not, Junior rowers come away with life skills in teamwork and discipline. Thank You!
We invite you to join our team of sponsors for the 9th annual Passport To Pain. For details and descriptions of all sponsor levels please click on the yellow button above to download a form!