Last month, cyclist Jim Seuffert embarked on a journey few have taken: A cross-country trip by bike, in honor of his friend Mike Clark, who passed away unexpectedly in 2008. Mike was a phenomenal triathlete who was passionate about both athletics and the kids he mentored through his role with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. “Mike introduced me to triathlons when I moved to Wilmington in 1984,” Jim said. “I, as well as anyone who knew him, admired his focused and unyielding work ethic, his remarkable spirit and the positive energy he gave to all, day in and day out.”
Proceeds from “Jimmy’s ride,” as it’s been dubbed, will benefit the Mike Clark Legacy Foundation, dedicated to honoring Mike’s legacy by promoting self-worth and positive life choices in less privileged youth through a combination of education, healthy life styles and athletics. Specifically, donations to the ride will assist with the development of the Mike Clark Skills Center at the Clarence Fraim Boys & Girls Club in Wilmington.
Over forty-one days, Jim has ridden approximately 3,400 miles, averaging 92 miles a day. His journey to honor Mike began on the coastal Pacific shores of California, through the Mojave Desert and Monument Valley, over the hills of Tennessee and east to South Carolina. And, like any coast-to-coast ride should, a ceremonial dipping of the tires in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans was included!
Along his journey, which ended yesterday, Jim shared the highs and lows with his supporters back home through his blog. To date, his efforts have raised nearly $70,000 for the Life Skills Center and additional donations are welcomed and encouraged! To donate, visit www.bikeformikeskids.com.