electrical bike Assemblyman Walczyk to bike 116 miles throughout 116th Meeting District | Authorities
WATERTOWN — In an effort to boost cash for his re-election marketing campaign, Assemblyman Mark C. Walczyk, R-Watertown, on Wednesday can be biking all the best way throughout the 116th Meeting District.
Beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Mr. Walczyk will bike 116 miles — chosen to match the 116th Meeting District — from Westcott Seaside State Park in Jefferson County, west to Robert Moses State Park in St. Lawrence County.
“We have been eager about totally different, inventive methods to boost cash, and I used to be trying on the map at one level and puzzled how lengthy it might be to bike throughout this Meeting district,” Mr. Walczyk stated. “Coincidentally, it’s virtually precisely 116 miles throughout the district.”
He stated this yr’s campaigning course of has been irregular, predictably due to the continued issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Usually, the assemblyman stated he can be knocking on doorways, assembly voters and internet hosting marketing campaign occasions to boost donations, however this yr these actions can’t occur.
This bike journey happened as a socially distant occasion that may very well be used to boost donations, but in addition to get in contact with voters.
“I by no means would have thought of one thing like this except we have been pressured to think about new, socially distant and attention-grabbing methods to boost cash,” Mr. Walczyk stated.
Mr. Walczyk will livestream the whole journey on Fb. A Runningboards Advertising truck with screens on three sides will drive forward of him with the livestream enjoying on the again display screen so he can watch the feed and browse the feedback whereas biking. He will even have a microphone in his helmet so he can communicate to viewers and reply to feedback.
“That may enable me to speak instantly with anyone who’s tapping into the livestream, which to me is simply tremendous cool,” Mr. Walczyk stated.
For $116, donors can sponsor one mile of the assemblyman’s journey. Mr. Walczyk stated as of Monday, each mile is sponsored. Mr. Walczyk raised $13,456 for his marketing campaign from mile sponsorships alone. He stated the marketing campaign was additionally capable of safe some company sponsors, including much more cash to their complete. Sponsors’ names can be proven on the edges of the Runningboards truck, and some native unions have additionally paid to have their names included on Mr. Walczyk’s biking gear.
Mr. Walczyk stated this would be the longest journey he’s ever carried out. As a way to put together, he’s been biking lengthy distances on weekends and after work.
“I did a 70-mile journey this previous weekend, and I’ll do another, most likely 70- to 80-mile journey this coming weekend,” he stated. “Getting out after work and simply getting 20 to 40 miles in after work has been nice.”
Mr. Walczyk stated he’s been biking since he first discovered to journey in elementary college, however started exhibiting curiosity in doing extra than simply driving across the neighborhood in center college.
“I used to bike from my mother and father’ home to my grandparents’ home,” he stated. “It was four-and-a-half miles, and I’d time myself each single time to see if I may do it sooner than the final time. I feel that’s when it began.”
In highschool, he did his first triathlon in Henderson Harbor, which is when he stated he fell in love with aggressive bike racing.
Since then, Mr. Walczyk has competed in 4 Ironman triathlons, which encompass a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike journey and a 26.2-mile run.
He stated Wednesday’s journey, climate allowing, ought to take him roughly eight hours, together with time for a short break to eat and refuel the truck.
“If we get wind out of the east or out of the north, it’s going to be a extremely lengthy day for me,” Mr. Walczyk stated. “If the wind sticks to prevailing out of the west, I needs to be good.”