EVENT DATE: Jul 27, 2014
I, Alex aka "Running Bear" am racing in what is considered the most challenging mountain bike race in the Southeast, called the Assault on Mount Mitchell. It is a 63 mile race in the trees that has a whopping 10k feet of elevation gain. This is the equivalent of a 200+ mile race on flat. This race is the kickstart for the non-profit I have started, Alive^3.
Why the name "Engine with Heart ? "
My GT (mountain bike) is much older and heavier than the 3 to 5k bikes I will be facing. Kind of like a donkey racing amongst thoroughbreds. I am a long shot to even finish.The other bike's may be newer, frame lighter, gears quicker, brakes tighter but I ride harder. I ride with heart
What is Alive^3 ?
Being in the present is a challenge these days with accessibility and technology at our fingertips 24/7. The increased demands of work, striving for financial success, and the strain of bills has altered the way we live. Alive^3 is about balance. The balance of mind, body, and soul is what elevates life. We say "own your today" because each day we have a choice, do we stay at the office an extra two hours, or do we make that effort to come home early to get that hike up Linville Gorge. The choice is ours to make, own your today.
Mind - being in the moment, the present, eliminating distractions, releasing creativity
Body- enhancing physical fitness, nutrition, function
Soul - awaking God from within, identifying and realizing purpose
My goal with Alive^3 is three fold. One, I want to inspire people to achieve this balance by providing resources, videos, and challenge people to live as God intended. Inspire people to embrace the moment, do the things they have pushed aside but always wanted to.
Secondly, I will be participating, and sponsoring Alive^3 racers/events to generate pledge money to fund bucket list experiences to exceptional individuals who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity.
The long term goal is to develop a Retreat to help people find their purpose and what makes them Alive^3. #ownyourtoday
All donations earned from this race will go to growing the awareness for Alive^3 and funding bucket list item experiences to exceptional individuals who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity.
Ex. The father, whose wife passes, and he takes on the responsibility of raising his 6 kids. He never had the chance to do that fly fishing trip on the Snake river. We are funding this We are funding life. #ownyourtoday
Thank you for your support,
Alex Garcia aka "running bear"