The NUTESE Fundraising Bike Race will hit the road this Sunday with the island's riders competing both in MTB and road bike divisions.
The MTB category is divided into two courses with the long one allowing bikers to pedal through FEBC, Suicide Cliff, Bird Island, Grotto, and Banzai Cliff before returning to the start/finish line at Marianas Resort. The short MTB course will cover FEBC, Bird Island, Grotto, and Banzai Cliff before bikers head back to Marianas Resort.
In the road bike division, participants will leave Marianas Resort and go to Banzai Cliff, Suicide Cliff, Bird Island, Grotto and back to Banzai Cliff before returning to the starting point.
Registration will run from 5:30 to 7pm and the race will begin at 7:15am. Prizes will be given to the top finishers in each age group, while a new mountain bike will be raffled off. Each raffle ticket costs only $1.
The weekend race is a fundraising event with proceeds going to the projects of NUTESE, which stands for Nurturing Transformative & Sustainable Communities. According to race organizers, NUTESE is a non-profit organization with a mission is to advance the anti-violence movement through community organizing, leadership development, education and research, networking, dialogue, and engagement.
“Our work in the CNMI focuses on creating a violence-free, innovative, and sustainable community, and our major activities include organizing volunteers and train them to provide advocacy services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault at our ethnically and culturally diverse communities. At the international level, we have reached out for support and broaden network with our partners in Asian Pacific Regions and North America and we are now a joint partner with the Kyoto Women's University in Japan and other NGOs in global research on migrant workers' rights and services,” race organizers stated in an email sent to members of the bikers community. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)