The mission of Miles for Freedom is to bring awareness and funding to ministries that support the restoration and freedom of people. We will use the event as a platform for others to become involved in a tangible and sacrificial way. Our pain in sport and giving will be for a purpose. To see broken walls rebuilt.
The group rides invite inline skaters, long boarders, cyclist, walkers, runners and other athletes to join in this fight for freedom. In 2013 we had all types of people come out in support. Gem City Derby Girls and guys came out in full derby gear to complete 7.2 miles. One pastor from Apex Community Church, Jason Wing, encouraged 30 people to walk/run 2.4 miles totaling 72 miles. Another youth group walked silently in solemn memory of the 27 million. Pro Inline Skaters from GA, Ohio and Indiana participated in the full 72 distance in rainy cold conditions. Other participants combined sports to challenge their bodies to go the maximum distance. One lady even came from Alaska to cycle the 72 miles! It’s up to you how many miles your team completes. The point is to take a stand for freedom while raising awareness and funds for those who have limited freedoms.
2013 Results (72 Mile events)
- $2,200 was divided between the two organizations
- 40 registrations
- 15 volunteers
- Several New Sponsors added
The Dayton, Ohio event April 6, 2013 benefited Oasis House
and Christ for The City International.
- $4,000 was divided between the two organizations
- 98 registrations
- 20 volunteers
- Christ for The City International in Costa Rica received money to buy supplies for a new “Fun Box Ramp” Quarterpipes, and 3 grind boxes.
- Separate funding efforts brought a team of skaters to build the addition to the skate park and give skate shoes and 25 new skateboards
How we began:
May 26, 2012 we had 51 participants and $1,150 donated for our first 72 Miles for Freedom group ride. The inspiration came from Passion’s Good Friday gathering in 2012. That night we were introduced to Julia Immonen who had just completed rowing a boat across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness for human trafficking. Through my involvement at Passion City Church I have become aware of the 27 million slaves that are in the world today. Julia said, “You don’t have to row just do what you’re good at.” For me I’m good at inline skating I’ve been doing it for 20 years. Her inspiration put a dream in me to skate for freedom. I felt that I should skate 72 miles to bring awareness to the 27 million in slavery. Prior to sharing the vision publicly I tested the dream by skating 27 miles. I knew that if I could skate 27 miles on my own ability that God would give me the strength to train for 72. I barely finished, but God said take the next step. The next step was to contact an agency that seeks to bring freedom and restoration to others. Soon after others wanted to join with their sport. The first event took place on the Silver Comet Trail in Atlanta, GA and supported Wellspring Living.
How can you help?
- Register for events
- Visit our sports expo booths
- Like and follow our Facebook Page!
- Share promotional video link (http://vimeo.com/60879699)
- Follow us on Twitter @72miles4freedom
- Sponsor the T-shirts, sports expo booth s and other promotional materials. In return your business will be promoted online and with printed materials
- Contact Gentry Darby at email@example.com