The Journey of Awesomeness (JoA) was founded in June, 2015 when some mates got together (15 of us crazy enough in year 1) to ride some 200 miles across the great state of VA in support of a cool organization called Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries.
The JoA was based largely on co-founder Kevin O’Shea’s experience in the PanMass Challenge (PMC) in August, 2014. For those that have never heard of it, the PMC began in 1980 and raises $50M+ annually for the Dana Farber Institute (cancer research) up in MA. The PMC has north of 6,500 riders and 3,000 volunteers.
In order to ride in the PMC, you must meet the fundraising minimum of $5,000 and post a $300 entry fee. None of these numbers are typos. >$50M. 6,500 riders. 3,000 volunteers. It is a freaking amazing display of the power of community. Along the way, fitness and fun and relationships are nurtured. What a deal.
O’Shea called Fergie and Yeti and a couple others in August, 2014 and said “let’s bring the concept back to CVL and see where Our Father may want to take it”.
MacGyver and Pipe Dog have taken the reins on supporting our arses on the ride, and here we are. The ride has brought an absolute abundance of joy, fitness, and relationship to all of us so far.
In June, 2019 right around 50 of us (I think) will ride in an effort to raise >$200K and bring clean water and hope and opportunity to East Africa through a great organization called WorldServe International. Read more about who we support.
Liberation for all and getting off the couch
Fitness, training, fun, and the building of relationships new and old
That we grow in the realization that we have an awesome Creator who loves us and wants His people to love Him, love others, and serve the world
That we contribute to a charitable organization in need. JoA is proud to have support WorldServe, who provides water, the most basic of human needs, to people in east Africa.