Riders take off on the second leg of the family ride during the annual Mission to Mission charity bike tour at Mission Park. Photo by Matthew Busch.

A number of local charities and nonprofits will be thankful that the Mission to Mission Charity Bike Tour rode off without a hitch today. Approximately 190 people participated in the day’s various tours, including a 60-mile, 48-mile, 24-mile, and family ride along the San Antonio River. From Mission Park, participants rode southeast out of San Antonio before looping back to the pavilion. Some road construction altered the routes but the mileages weren’t changed drastically from what the San Antonio Mission Trail Rotary Club, who put on the event, originally planned.

Kyle Contreras, secretary for the club, said that the majority of riders pre-registered for the event. The local food bank also accepted cans of food as part of a discounted on-site registration fee. The event worked to raise more than $8,000 to help fund pre-approved projects by 10 local charities including Alamo Council of the Blind, Herbal Medics, House of Neighborly Service, Los Compadres, Ready, Willing…Enable!, San Antonio Youth Literacy, Seton Home, Spare Parts Studio, Texas Parent to Parent and the Volunteer Services Council. Programs like Los Compadres’ annual play, “Los Pastores,” will be underwritten in part by a $1,500 grant from the San Antonio Mission Trail Rotary Club, with proceeds from this year’s bike race. The race will also help San Antonio Youth Literacy realize a mobile book program they’re developing.

Contreras said that participation this year wasn’t as high as in some years, but that that may be due to the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon being scheduled for the same weekend, drawing some active participants to it’s starting line on Sunday instead. 

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Matthew Busch is a social documentarian based in San Antonio, Texas. His projects focus on the personal stories often at the heart of contemporary social issues. He works internationally, using a variety...