The June Mission of the Month is NUMB (Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger). The 2016 NUMB Ride will be held June 25-29. It will start and end in Milford, and will include stops in Wymore, Hebron, and Sutton. Each participant pays a $65 registration fee and must secure a minimum of $100 in pledges to US Hunger Programs. This year the Mission Committee voted to match up to $1000 in money raised by the participants. Click here to learn more about the NUMB Bike Ride.
Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church is a longtime supporter of the NUMB Ride. NUMB co-founder Rev. Bill Ritter, (currently Great Plains Blue River District Superintendent), is also the founding pastor of our church. Elkhorn Hills members Regina Bergman (Registrar/Director’s Assistant); and Nina Clark (Social Director) are also part of the tour leadership team.
In its 21st year of fighting hunger, the Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger (NUMB) is approaching $800,000 given around the world for those in need. We are calling NUMB 2016 the ‘Blue Ribbon Tour’ as the entire ride will be within the Blue River Basin and to honor Nebraska’s agricultural heritage. We will start the annual charity ride in Milford, Nebraska. The United Methodist Church of Milford will not only be the starting point, but also the ending point of the ride. The NUMB riders will be near the Kansas border before they spend their second night in Wymore. From Wymore the cyclists will head west and spend the night in Hebron, home of the world’s largest porch swing. The last night on the road will be hosted by Sutton, before the riders return to where they started peddling in Milford.
The official start of NUMB 2016 is the Saturday evening Rider’s Meeting on June 25th, but for those arriving early to Milford there will be an optional pre-NUMB loop ride on Saturday morning. This will be a short warm up ride in the area before the actual NUMB ride starts on Sunday morning. Camping will be available in Milford both Friday and Saturday evening.
NUMB is sponsored by the Great Plains United Methodist Conference Risk Taking Mission and Justice Team.
NUMB is open to all interested cyclists. You do not have to be United Methodist to participate in NUMB. The ride will be limited to the first 150 riders. Riders in the past have come from all across the nation as well as Nebraska to be a part of this ride. Click on the link to register to secure a spot on NUMB 2016. Riders 18 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian. NUMB will be challenging and riders must be in excellent riding condition and using quality biking equipment. Helmets are required.
The Nebraska United Methodist Churches of Milford, Wymore, Hebron and Sutton will be our hosts and arrange for breakfast and evening meals for purchase and showers and camping spaces in their communities. SAGs with water and snacks will be located every 10-12 miles. Riders will be responsible for purchasing lunch in towns we pass through on the route.
NUMB is a fundraising event to motivate donors to contribute to alleviating hunger all around the world. 2016 will be our 21st year. Since it’s inception, NUMB has distributed over $793,000 for the hungry of the world. Come be a part of NUMB 2016 and make a difference for those who are hungry– ride, donate to a rider or volunteer as a support person. Read more here: NUMB Hunger Projects.
NUMB is open to all interested cyclists. You do not have to be United Methodist to participate in NUMB. The ride will be limited to the first 150 riders. Riders in the past have come from all across the nation as well as Nebraska to be a part of this ride. Riders 18 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian. NUMB will be challenging and riders must be in excellent riding condition and using quality biking equipment.
NUMB is a camping tour and if you are one of the lucky ones to score a motel room, you are responsible to get yourself and gear to the motel and back to the truck.
Rev. Bill Ritter, Great Plains Blue River District Superintendent, is our Tour Leader for the twenty-first year. Bill has led numerous cross-Nebraska bike tours for the United Methodist Church since the 1980’s and is a veteran of fourteen BRAN trips. Also serving you on NUMB are: Route Director, Greg Bakewell; Registrar/Director’s Assistant, Regina Bergman; Social Director, Nina Clark; SAG Directors, Wayne and Kathy Minikus; Bike Mechanic, Geoff Paterson, Olympia Cycle of Omaha, NE; Bike Mechanic, Dick Vandenberg, Nebraska Cycling and Fitness, Columbus, NE.