Making a difference to benefit the community while promoting a healthy and active life style.
The Charity Cycling Challenge began in 2008 as a small, in-house spin-a-thon with about 30 participants. It was created by a group of three gym buddies who, for their own reasons, wanted to give back and help others in need. That year, we raised approximately $5,400 for a dozen different organizations. To date the CCC has raised over $160,000 for more than 40 charities.
In 2012, the CCC's efforts were recognized by the Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the Health Care Services Award.
Our operating committee consists of over 20 volunteers with very different backgrounds, different skill sets and talents, as well as different age groups. However, we all share one common goal – to help those in need. The Committee donates several hundreds of hours per year to ensuring that our fundraising events are as successful as possible.
In October of 2010, The Charity Cycling Challenge, Inc. organized as a non-stock, not for profit corporation, which allows us to operate as our own entity. At that time, our organization partnered with the Central CT Chambers of Commerce, Health Services Division. Because of our relationship with the Chamber, we are now recognized in the community as more than just a once-a-year gym event but rather an organization committed to helping those in need on both a local and national level. The CCC’s mission is to provide support for those in need throughout local communities, while promoting the importance of a fit and healthy lifestyle. We have worked closely with the Chamber towards successfully completing that mission.
In addition, the Charity Cycling Challenge has been granted 501(c)(3) status as a public charity by the IRS. Any and all donations and contributions to the CCC are tax deductible. Our organization is still planned, managed, and coordinated by a group of volunteers, many of which have been with us from day one. Our status as a designated charity organization has allowed us to expand our fundraising efforts beyond the annual Challenge Cycling event, and we have held several other successful fundraisers over the past year, with more planned.
Not only have community members chosen to support our efforts since 2008, but many businesses also support our efforts and have continued to believe in what we hope to accomplish. We have seen our sponsor base grow from under 10 to over 40 local businesses contributing money, merchandise and/or services to the CCC. Each year more businesses, both on a local and national level, choose to be involved in the Challenge in one way or another. We are grateful for the community and business support. Without you, we would not be able to help those in need.
We encourage all of you to join our Challenge family, as sponsors, participants or donors, and help us continue to make a difference.