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Incarnation 100, a benefit for Homeless Services of Sonoma County


Incarnation 100, a benefit for Homeless Services of Sonoma County

By Karen Lockert

Last June the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa hosted the first ever Incarnation 100: a Benefit for Homeless Services.  The Incarnation 100 is a bike ride, and this year’s event takes place on Saturday June 11, 2016.  Dreamed up originally by avid cyclist Aaron Lucey, the Event Co-Chair, as a way to fund the church’s three different homeless service organizations, the inaugural Incarnation 100 proved successful beyond expectations.  The Incarnation 100 raised more than $18,000 and brought over 150 cyclists to Santa Rosa.  Many riders came from outside the area and the state.  The event also drew over 100 volunteers from the Church and from the greater community! 

This year’s event should be even more exciting, with increased early registrations and an enthusiastic response from our volunteers wanting to help out again!  “Last year’s event was fun to plan, and the event itself was really fun,” said Co-Chair Stephanie Blair.  “So many of our cyclists and volunteers told us they had a great time.  Some cyclists were surprised to learn it was our first year, because the ride was so well organized they said.  We were flattered, and pleased to hear that our hard work paid off.” 

Beginning with a Blessing of the Bicycles, the Incarnation 100 takes advantage of the fact that Santa Rosa is in the heart of a world-class cycling region.  Sonoma County was voted by readers of Bicycling Magazine as one of the “Top 7 Bucket List Bike Destinations” in the world.  The Incarnation 100 offers cyclists the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of biking in Sonoma County, while also helping those in need.   

The three homeless service organizations which the Incarnation 100 benefits are: 1) The Living Room, our daytime shelter for homeless and at-risk women and children; 2) Sunday Open Table, serving a hot breakfast every Sunday morning for people living on the streets; and 3) St. Andrew’s Food Program, providing groceries and meals to people in the underserved Russian River Valley in Monte Rio.

Starting and finishing at the historic Church of the Incarnation, the Incarnation 100 offers three different course options: 45 mile, 100 km, or 100 mile.  A highlight unique to the Incarnation 100 is Sweetwater Springs Road, a beautifully challenging hill above the Russian River Valley that skirts Armstrong Redwoods State Park, which is featured on the 100 mile or 100 kilometer routes. The 45 mile ride, however, features flatter ground, and the opportunity for recreational cyclists to experience the camaraderie of riding with a large group and the support and encouragement that comes with it.

Multiple SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles will be available to assist those who need it. Riders will have five rest stops along the way to relax, and get food and drinks. At the end of the ride, there will also be an after party with a gourmet meal and live music!  All cyclists will get an Incarnation 100 tee shirt. 

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, please email our Volunteer Coordinator at or go to