More than 1,000 cyclists will take to the streets around Bellevue College this Sunday to make a stand against domestic violence.
The Women Against Violence Everywhere Foundation is hosting their 9th annual Cycle the WAVE event to raise awareness, promote camaraderie, and raise funds for victims of domestic violence.
Since its inception in 2011, The WAVE Foundation has raised more than $1 million to support agencies that provide services to women and youth that have been affected by domestic violence across Washington.
“Everyone knows they are riding with a purpose, making a difference in the lives of those experiencing abuse,” said Sharon Anderson, president of the WAVE Foundation. “There will be (domestic violence signage) along the way and at the finish line bringing education and awareness about warning signs of an abusive relationship, with the hopes of bringing peace to our community and beyond; everyone deserves to feel safe.”
As the largest all-women organized bicycle ride in the state, Cycle the WAVE is all about celebrating women. Throughout the event riders can enjoy festively themed rest stops, flowers for their helmet, cheer leading squads offering encouragement, and a finish line festival complete with gourmet food and complimentary massages in the spa area.
Participants have a variety of routes to choose from with options for cyclists of all experiences and fitness levels.
- Little Sister is an 11-mile route which is ideal for anyone who can ride a bike
- Girly Girl takes cyclists on a 30-mile route around Lake Sammamish
- Middle Sister is a new 45-mile loop for ladies who want to kick it up a notch
- Burly Girl is definitely the most challenging at 71 miles and 3,800 feet of climb
Additionally, this year WAVE is offering a new family-friendly option to walk the WAVE instead of ride. Participants who opt to walk instead of ride will receive a discounted registration fee and an extra pit stop along their 5.8 kilometer course.
The event will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday Sept 18; visit WAVE’s website to register.