About 1,000 cyclists are expected to raise $2.5 million to help grant wishes for Michigan kids during Make-A-Wish® Michigan’s 30th annual Wish-A-Mile® Bicycle Tour (WAM) July 27-30, 2017.
More than 800 riders will travel across Michigan during the three-day WAM 300 tour, which covers 300 miles of Michigan countryside. On July 27, 2017, riders will be transported by bus from Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Mich. to Traverse City. On July 28, 2017, cyclists will depart from Traverse City and ride 100 miles each day with a finish-line celebration at MIS with stops in Big Rapids and DeWitt. The tour coincides with the WAM 50, a one-day, 50-mile ride that starts and finishes at MIS on July 30, 2017. More than 200 riders are expected to bike the WAM 50.
Returning this year, is the WAM Jr., a half-mile bike ride on a portion of the MIS track for children ages 5 – 13 on July 30, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ride includes cheering volunteers and a fully stocked break stop.
“As our flagship event, WAM is critical to help us raise funds to grant more than 450 wishes this year,” said Karen Davis, Make-A-Wish Michigan president & CEO. “We are delighted to celebrate 30 years of riding to grant wishes with our dedicated and passionate riders. I am humbled and inspired by all that WAM riders do to help turn wishes into reality for Michigan wish kids!”
Many riders and volunteers of the tour are wish parents, friends and community members who have been directly impacted by the wish experience.
WAM, sponsored by EATON Corporation, concludes at MIS with the Heroes Hurrah finish-line celebration, an inspirational celebration where wish kids award the fatigued cyclists with medals as they cross the finish line. Heroes Hurrah includes delicious food, live entertainment and more.