NUMB, the Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger, is in its 23rd year of making a difference in the lives of those who are hungry. This year’s ride concluded June 27th.
Since its beginning in 1995, NUMB has donated more than $910,000 for the fight against hunger. Proceeds from the ride support four hunger projects from around the world: Nebraska food banks, Heifer International, The Society of St. Andrew and the Africa University agriculture training program.
The NUMB Ride was founded in 1995 by Rev. Bill Ritter, the Blue River District Superintendent who currently serves as NUMB director, and by Greg Bakewell of Omaha who serves as route director.
“I remember back when I started NUMB I thought it would be a huge success if we could someday reach $100,000 for hunger,” Ritter said. “Either this year or next year we should top over $1 million. It has been a good ride.”
“Did you know. . .”
In its first 22 years, NUMB participants have . . .
- Raised and donated $910,000 to feed hungry people.
- Visited all 93 of Nebraska’s counties.
- Been hosted by 100 communities.
. 93 Nebraska United Methodist Churches
. 2 Nebraska Other Denominations
. 2 Kansas United Methodist Churches
. 1 Colorado United Methodist Church
. 1 Iowa United Methodist Church
. 1 South Dakota United Methodist Church
- Ridden an estimated 670,000 miles (the equivalent of 27x around the earth)
You can participate by donating at www.numbride.org.
2018 NUMB Recap
NUMB 2018, Day 1
Spirits soar after soggy start. Riders awoke to the sound of rain on their tents. However, a little patience was rewarded with a relatively precipitation free 62 miles from McCook to Norton, Kansas. The tents are up and drying out as riders enjoy the sights and hospitality of Norton. We are anxious to hear how much has been raised this year as our total approaches $1 million. (By the way, our SAGs were great and so was the tailwind.)
Raining cats and dogs here in Norton, but our bikes are cozy, dry, and ready for another great day of riding for hunger projects.
NUMB 2018, Day 2
The sun’ll come out tomorrow. It appears to be monsoon season here in Southwestern Nebraska. Good planning on the part of our riders have allowed them to dodge raindrops while on the road raising funds to feed hungry people. We are now approaching $60,000 in donations this year. Our host communities and churches in McCook, Norton, and Franklin have been outstanding. Tomorrow we ride to Beaver City, which will be the 104th host for NUMB. We are hoping to use our sunscreen.
NUMB 2018, Day 3
Red sky at night, NUMB riders delight. We awoke to cloudless skies and mild temperatures for a cruise along Nebraska’s southern shore to our final port of Beaver City. Riders arrived early and enjoyed the red carpet treatment the town had set out. We didn’t get many pictures of riders on the road today, so we are showing happy cyclists in fellowship in camp and at the final Ride meeting/talent show. NUMB 2018 has now topped $60,000 in donation, with more anticipated.
NUMB 2018, Day 4
This was the final day for NUMB 2018. We bid a fond farewell to the native population of Beaver City, climbed aboard, and set a course for McCook; our port of origination. The morning started foggy and cool, with a light tail wind as we cruised through the small villages along Beaver Creek. Southern Seas NUMB 2018 is in the captain’s log as we met our objectives of raising funds and awareness for hunger projects, reconnecting with friends and meeting new ones, and providing an opportunity to tour Southwestern Nebraska and Northwestern Kansas at see level. Aloha until next year.