Ride Virtually Sept. 1 - Oct. 18, 2021
"Petal" the Petrified 2021 is a non-competitive cycling tour ride that allows us to carry on the spirit of Pedal the Petrified, which takes place in all non-pandemic years in the beautiful Petrified Forest National Park to raise funds for NPC student scholarships. Once again this year NPC Friends and Family is planning a virtual ride, but this time, there is a special twist.
This year’s event will be a celebration of the life and spirit of our friend, Dr. Jon Graff, a longtime friend and supporter of NPC's Friends and Family and NPC's students (read related article). In homage to Jon’s practice of always sharing photos of flowers in his emails, we present “Petal” the Petrified.
In "Petal" the Petrified 2021 - The Virtual Tour, registrants can choose their ride, their route, and their date – any time between September 1 and October 18, 2021. They will receive an invitation to the event’s group page on Facebook, where they will be asked to post at least three photos of their ride, with one photo being a study of a flower.
All registrants will receive an emailed video compilation of everyone’s adventures after October 18. All proceeds will be added to the Jon Graff, Ph.D. Fund, which will become an endowment, assuring that his scholarships will be his lasting legacy.
As Jon’s friend, Will Hoggan, so eloquently put it, “Accordingly, Jon was a bicycle "rider", not a bicycle "racer." However, he did have one significant bike race he participated in. It was the race that included only three competitors: Jon, time, and cancer. The starting gun went off on April 1, 2019, when he got hit by a truck in Texas. The race was to heal fast enough to get back on the bike and ride before his cancer progressed to the point he was no longer able to ride, and before cancer killed him. To his credit, he won that race! In a similar vein, each of us, cyclists or not, are in a three-participant race, with ourselves, time, and death. The prize goes to the person who can do the most good in the world before our time runs out. Jon won this second race as well, by leaving a legacy that will continue doing good even though he is gone (at least from this earth). Donating to scholarship funds, for all of us, is a great way to extend our legacy of doing good, whether or not our name is on an endowment or a scholarship fund.” Thank you, Jon, for planting those seeds.
Help us reach our fundraising goal of $50,000 for student scholarships!
IT'S ALL FOR STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS: Set up your own fundraising site and invite your family and friends to sponsor you for your goal! All proceeds support student scholarships at Northland Pioneer College, the only comprehensive community college serving all of Navajo and Apache counties in northeastern Arizona. This virtual ride raises need-based scholarship dollars and If each rider raises just $200, that will provide an additional $50,000 for students to reach their educational goals and transform their lives! We appreciate your support for this ride and the students of Northland Pioneer College.
- We're counting on YOU! Your generous support will allow NPC students to continue their education!
RIDE DATE: September 1 - October 18, 2021
COST: $64/rider to support student scholarships - includes commemorative rider t-shirt
LOCATION: You name it!
RIDE OPTIONS: You choose – distance, location, fellow riders!
Share your experience on our social media channels! A fun way for us all to stay in touch, share our rides and photos with each other and reach out even if we can not be together in person this year! Those who don’t wish to post on Facebook can contact Betsyann Wilson for options.
Order Your Pedal "Petal" the Petrified Bike Jersey: $75
Thank you to our amazing sponsors who have supported our "in-person" Pedal the Petrified event for many years.
Call Betsyann Wilson, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6245, or send her an email.