Let's Talk Mental Health
is a person of many hats. She’s a chef. A physical trainer. An athlete. A world traveler. A party organizer. A care giver. A curious mind and a social soul. And now--a bike rider!
Her character is strong, charismatic, and infectious. She is one who puts relationships before profits, and life experiences before personal success. Miss Maggie is a person who thinks deeply about our world and culture we live in. She takes profound questions seriously, such as “How can we help?” “How can we do our part?” Always brainstorming how she can give back to her family, friends, and community, and this bike ride is her next enterprise.
Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon.
She is riding her bicycle across the country BY HERSELF this coming spring of 2019. Maggie has experience with bodybuilding and fitness competitions, but she has never attempted such a feat as this. She does not consider bike riding her strong suit, so this will certainly be a test of physical and mental endurance; and a huge victory if she completes it. Although a challenge, she is confident in her competence because of her reason. She is doing it for everyone BUT herself, driven by a selfless cause.
Everyone has a mountain to climb.
Everyone has a wilderness inside.
This courageous act of bravery is to raise funds and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. This subject has affected everyone, one way or another. Having been moved in her own personal life by mental health and suicide, she’s doing her best to shine a little light on this field that so badly needs more attention.
“Everyone has been touched by this topic whether personally/individually or someone in their friends circle or families, or part of their social communities. We've all got a story of our own, we've all got a battle, a wilderness inside and a mountain to climb. And that's what I can get passionate enough about to ride a bike for two months across the country to raise money and awareness surrounding the topic of mental health.” —Maggie Kates
Her route plan is to complete it in 49 days.
Helmet tight, feet on the pedals and hands on the handlebars, her first stride is due to kick off on May 5th, 2019. This puts her at roughly 90-100 miles per day, cruising through the middle of the United States. If she keeps up with her planned schedule, she will roll into Portland, OR approximately June 20th, 2019.
Exposed to all the elements.
Every winding road and steep upward hill, day in and day out for a month and a half she will inevitably meet rain, wind, dust and maybe more. She does not have any other bikers riding alongside her, but will have her Father riding behind her for the first half of the trip. By the second half, she will only making the journey with whatever she can fit in her backpack, and resting in homes of people volunteering to take her in at night. Sounds a bit dangerous? Exciting? We agree, but there is no denying that there is passion in her heart, and a fire in her belly.
“Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks.” —Yo-Yo Ma
She will be tuned in.
A Go Pro will be strapped to her and she will be an active vlogger during her ride, sharing her adventure with anyone tuning in. All perfect riding days and potential mishaps will be able to be followed. She also will be learning and sharing other people’s stories about mental health and suicide on a podcast. Technology is our friend in this case because we will be able to follow and cheer her on throughout her journey.
To learn more about this expedition and how you can get involved or help, check out more pages on our website here at www.swift-ride.com
SWIFT RIDE is a 4,000+ mile bicycle ride across the USA to raise funds and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. May 2019.