Help me help them!

I am honored to be participating in Chain Reaction for the second time. Chain Reaction is a conduit for raising money for very worthwhile causes. The fundraising event this year is a bike ride, 7 days and 1000km long in New Zealand. The purpose and goal is to raise awareness and funds for two amazing charities - "So They Can" and "BaptistCare HOPESTREET". Both of these organizations are dedicated to improving the lives of those in need, and I am very proud to support their efforts.

"So They Can" is a charity that helps to break the cycle of poverty through education in Africa, providing children with the tools and resources they need to succeed. "BaptistCare HOPESTREET" is an organization that supports people experiencing homelessness, providing them with the necessary support and services to get back on their feet. By participating in this charity bike ride, I am not only pushing myself physically, but I am also doing my part to make a positive impact on the lives of others. I am honored to be able to support these two charities and I hope that my efforts will make a meaningful difference. Please dig deep and help me reach and even exceed my fundraising goal.

My Activity Tracking

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My Updates

Last indoor training ride before heading down under

I'm looking forward to getting off the trainer and starting the 7 day challenge in 5 days. Hopefully I'll have the chance to get out in Christchurch for a ride or two before we officially start.

Winter training

Those who know me well might be thinking that 1000km over 7 days is not a huge deal but I have to be honest, I have enjoyed rich food a little too much over the winter and I am definitely not at fighting weight (don't believe me, just look at the double chin on that picture :)). Add to that the fact that Utah is having its snowiest winter in 20 years preventing any outdoor cycling and that adds up to this event being a challenging 7 days. My training has consisted of indoor cycling sessions and hikes with my miniature Aussie Doodle, not exactly the ideal training plan for this type of event.  It'll certainly be fun though and I'm really looking forward to getting worked by the team from Sydney who I imagine are all in great shape.  At least I'll have a couple of my American mates - Brandon Parke and Michael Barnett) with me who are in the same boat as I am.

Thank You To My Donors

Mark

Match for the contributions over the past 24 hours. Thanks everyone who helped out - amazing, humbling and I’m so grateful.

$2.02k

Cardinal Yacht Sales

$2.02k

Anonymous

You are a good man, Mark!

$1,000

Pangaea Natural Stone Inc.

Congratulations on the success of your trip and a fantastic way to give back! Looking forward to catching up with you next time you're in Vancouver. Carmen & Sanjay

$520

Your Favourite Client ...

Fantastic, Mark. Hope the ride goes well. Thanks for promoting the great work of Hope Street! See you in Sydney.

$510

Jeni Otterson

Nice job babe, good luck on the ride and your fundraising efforts.

$250

Brandon Larsen

$211

John Stevens

Grind away Mark and enjoy mate. What a fabulous opportunity to make a difference.

$205

Go Mark!

$205

Mike And Cathy Otterson

Good luck, Mark! Proud of you! Mum and Dad

$205

Mike And Cathy Otterson

Good luck, Mark! Proud of you! Mum and Dad

$205

Christian Crew

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is

$177

Marcel Gay

Way to go Mark! It’s inspiring to see you and the team rally around such a great cause. Wishing you all the best.

$155.63

Ted Karren

Mok you are the best

$108

Chavez

You drive a hard bargain. Way to go Mok!

$108

Valery Williams

Sounds like an amazing experience!

$105.50

Dtaylor

$105.50

Michael Walsh

Hi Mark, sorry I am late to this. Hopefully it is not too late to contribute.

$105.50

William Hergenhan

Wow! Nice job Mark.

$105.50

Anonymous

$105.50

Wes Seeger

Good job Mark!! Many miles for a great cause.

$105.50

Michael Reeves

$102.50

Brandon Ross

What a great example Mark - thankful for all you do for our community and the community in Australia.

$102.50

Nigel Green

Fanatstic causes you are riding for Mark and the rest of the GPS team. I wish you all the best on your long ride ahead

$102.50

Liesa Wilson

Go Mark! So happy you are doing this!

$102.50

James Wilson

We’ll done mate.

$102.50

Reece D

Great work Mark, all the best!

$102.50

James Veale

$52.75

Tim Swift

Love that you’re down there doing that!!

$52.75

Michael Otterson

Good work, brother!

$52.75

Dan Whitney

Get it Mark 😤 always an inspiration

$52.75

Aaron Branham

Thanks for always being an inspiration, Mark, and for motivating so much good from others!

$52.75

Anonymous

Like what you're doing here Mark. Well done.

$52.75

M & Em Black

Way to go Mark! Great causes!

$52.75

Mike Black

$52.75

Tim Potter

$52.25

Tania & Rick Dowdle

Go Mark!

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Emma

Love you Marky!

$51.25

Fry

Hope you make your goal Mark!

$51.25

Sara Strachan

Good luck, Mark! I’m proud of you.

$51.25

Corinne Cook

Good luck, Marky Sharky! Love you.

$51.25

Nick Schoepp

Go Mark!

$50

Annabelle

Go dad. Love you, you're awesome.

$30

Julius Juodele

Great initiative. Max endurance!

$30

Mckinlay Otterson

Keep on keepin' on daddy!

$30

Sara Strachan

What a good thing you’re doing. Love you, little brother!

$26.38

David Stuart

Nice work Mark!

$26.38

Nathan Manwaring

Good luck Mark!

$25.63

Dixie Madsen

$25.63

Russ

$20.50

Matt Larose

$20