The 100 Miles of Nowhere (#100MoN for all you medially social types) is one of my biggest — and certainly my silliest — annual fundraisers. I use it to raise money for Camp Kesem, the incredible charity that provides free summer camps for kids who have parents with cancer.
My twins have gone every year for the past three years (and they’re going again this year). It’s their absolute favorite thing to do every year.
Last year, we did the 100MoN in September, with registration in July. A lot of you have been asking about when it will be this year.
Which I will get to in just a second. Right after I explain what the 100MoN is, for those of you who haven’t done it before.
What Is the 100 Miles of Nowhere?
The 100 Miles of Nowhere is a race without a place. It’s an event in which hundreds of people participate . . . all by ourselves.
It’s a very strange thing where you pay for the privilege of riding your rollers, trainer, or a very small course (like around the block) for 100 miles. You get some awesome race swag. And then the profits from your entry go to Camp Kesem.
I did the first annual 100MoN by myself, back before I knew it would be annual at all.
The second one a bunch of us — from all around the world — did together, and people sent in their stories, many of which I published here.
And since then, I’ve limited registration to 500 people and we all do it on a certain date (approximately), riding a creative (if you want) route of 100 miles (more or less).
As you have no doubt noticed, the rules for this event are very stringent.
When Will the 100 Miles of Nowhere Be This Year?
This year, the 100 Miles of Nowhere will be November 10-ish. Registration will happen in late September. This will be for a couple reasons:
- It’ll happen the same time as the Camp Kesem Leadership Summit, which is 11/10. We haven’t figured out exactly what this will look like, but the amazing kids who lead the Camp Kesem camps across the country will be able to see the crazy things we do to help them, and we’ll be able to see the crazy things they do to help kids. I’m excited for this, even though I don’t have any idea yet what it means. This, basically, is how I live my entire life.
- I didn’t want to do it during the summer, because I’m fundraising for WBR during the summer. The Grand Slam for Zambia is going to happen around Tour de France time this year, and I just don’t want the Grand Slam and the 100MoN to step on each others’ toes.
Stuff I’d Like to Know
Last year, I charged more for the 100MoN because I included a jersey with the swag, instead of a t-shirt. I heard from some people who loved the jersey, and from other people who didn’t like how much 100MoN cost. I’d love your preference for this year: cheaper registration (with a t-shirt), or include a jersey again with pricier registration?
Also, I’d like to know your thoughts on additional swag: gels, race plates, CarboRocket, gear, random prizes, and so forth. Are those an important part of the 100MoN? Or just a nice-to-have? Or a “don’t care about having?”
Finally, the date: obviously, November is cooler / colder / wetter than a summer 100MoN. Are you OK with that? Or should I scramble the jets and make this happen in late summer after all?
If you’re planning on doing the 100MoN this year, please take a moment and leave a comment. Your thoughts really do affect how and when I’ll put this on.
PS: If you happen to live in or near Michigan and are interested in riding the 100MoN at the actual Camp Kesem summit venue, let me know about that, too.