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The Incarnation 100 Charity Benefit Bike Ride


The Incarnation 100 Charity Benefit Bike Ride

By: John Smithers & Stephanie Blair

Things have been busier than normal at the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa. In addition to their usual active programming schedule, they are also preparing to host the first ever Incarnation 100, a Benefit for Homeless Services, on June 6, 2015.  The Incarnation 100 is a bike ride, and it will raise money for Incarnation’s three homeless service organizations. 

The Incarnation 100 was dreamed up by Aaron Lucey, the Event Chair. Aaron is an avid cyclist and had participated in a number of rides for other organizations. He thought that Church of the Incarnation can host a bike ride too, to raise some much needed funding because the demand for homeless services has increased greatly over the past few years.  Demand increased when the economy went into a recession, and increased again when the economy improved and the cost of housing went up as well.  

The Incarnation 100 takes advantage of the fact that Santa Rosa is in the heart of a world-class cycling area.  Sonoma County was recently voted by readers of Bicycling Magazine as one of the “Top 7 Bucket List Bike Destinations” in the world. Teams that compete in the Tour de France come to Sonoma County to train, with its variety of scenery and riding conditions.  Now the Incarnation 100 offers cyclists the opportunity to have enjoy the beauty of biking in Sonoma County, while also helping those in need.   

Whether you’re a recreational cyclist or an avid cyclist, the Incarnation 100 is for you! There are three routes touring the best of Sonoma County: 45 mile, 100 KM, and 100 mile.  For the rider who’s never had the opportunity to experience the camaraderie of riding with a large group and the support and encouragement that comes with it, this is a great opportunity. There will also be multiple SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles to assist those who need it. Riders will have five rest stops along the way to relax, and get food and drinks. There will also be an after party at the end of the ride, with a gourmet meal and live music!  All participants will receive an Incarnation 100 tee shirt. 

There are three homeless service organizations founded by the Church of the Incarnation that benefit from the Incarnation 100. The Living Room was founded over 21 years ago and remains to this day the only day time shelter for homeless women and children. Most shelters close at 8 a.m. and don’t open until 1 p.m. The Living Room fills that gap, providing not only breakfast and lunch, but also teaching women parenting techniques, healthy development of children, job skills, and counseling on government agencies that help with their particular needs. 

The second homeless service organization benefitting from the Incarnation 100 is the St. Andrew’s Food Program, located at St. Andrew’s-in-the-Redwoods in Monte Rio. The St. Andrew’s Food Program started in 2003, and they provide bagged groceries to people on a weekly basis, hot dinners twice a month, and they hand out clothing every week as well.

The third homeless service organization is Sunday Open Table. This grass roots service organization sprung up organically about three years ago when a woman at the Church of the Incarnation noticed some homeless people sitting outside on a particularly chilly winter morning. She invited them into the parish hall and gave them coffee and food. Over time, word spread, more homeless showed up, and more volunteers brought food to feed them. Currently, Sunday Open Table feeds about 100 homeless people every Sunday morning. Guests are also are given lunch to go, vitamin C tablets, dry socks, clothing, razors, shaving cream, and other toiletries. 

For more information on the Incarnation 100 and to register for the ride, go to You can also follow the Incarnation 100 on Facebook at   

The Incarnation 100 is completely volunteer-driven, and more volunteers are needed!  If you are interested in volunteering for this fun event, email our Volunteer Coordinator at or go to