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Pedal Past Poverty Fundraiser to be Held February 27 at MRCI

Partners for Housing

Returning for the ninth year, Partners for Housing (P4H) plans to host its annual Pedal Past Poverty event on Saturday, February 27, 2021, presented by MEI-Total Elevator Solutions. This exciting and unique stationary bike race, which has been a key element for P4H to raise funds to help fight homelessness, will convene at its new venue: MRCI’s 8000 sq. ft. facility at 1750 Energy Drive in Mankato.

The Pedal Past Poverty planning committee plans to stay abreast of best practices, CDC advice and local ordinances in order to keep the event safe, fun and productive. Mayo Clinic Health System has committed as a major sponsor and will help with the COVID-19 safety plan.

“We are so excited to be able to offer this fun and impactful event for our 9th Year! Due to all we’ve learned about COVID, we will be making many modifications for next year’s event,” announced Jen Theneman, P4H's Executive Director.

“We are looking at staggered heats, careful spacing of the bicycles, and the option to compete and participate remotely at a separate location like a home, workplace, church or other, while still bringing the excitement and energy that our riders expect,” Theneman explained.

This event, which began in 2012, has become popular in the community and is not just for biking enthusiasts. Teams of 10 sign up to raise money and their riders from ages 6 - 99 jump on a bike and pedal for a cause. Teams are often made up of coworkers, friends, families, church groups or other civic groups who believe in coming together for fun and to make a difference. Prizes are awarded to fastest riders, most funds raised, and to riders and teams with the most spirit.

Sponsorships are available at various levels. Those interested in supporting this event while promoting their business to over 400 participants are encouraged to contact P4H’s main office at 507-387-2115 ext. 4. Beginning November 1, 2020, teams may register for the event by visiting the website: partnersforhousing.org/pedal.

“Although, this year’s challenges and opportunities look different for each family, business and organization, we agree that we all must stand together to support the needy and vulnerable within our own areas of reach and influence,” explained Coralyn Musser, Director of Outreach & Engagement at MEI.

“Partners for Housing and their programming are vital to serving our community’s homeless population and helping families move towards stable, permanent housing,” Musser continued.

P4H has been providing housing services to vulnerable populations for over 35 years. The organization owns and operates several properties that provide various housing options. In addition to the emergency shelters, Theresa House, Union Street Place and Welcome Inn, they offer transitional and permanent housing options to homeless and/or at-risk individuals and families in the Greater Mankato Area. Over 250 area residents are positively affected daily through P4H’s various programs.

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