Mountain2Mountain is rooted in sports. Our founder, Shannon Galpin, is an avid mountain biker and a former athletic trainer. In 2009, Shannon became the first woman to ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan, a country where women can no longer ride bikes. She returned in September 2010 when she became the first person to ride across Panjshir Valley.
The signature event that connects our sweat equity to our projects in Afghanistan is the Panjshir Tour which commemorates Shannon's groundbreaking rides. This year's Tour is set for Sunday October 2, 2011 in communities across the country.
Team M2M also encourages people who love the outdoors and want to support Mountain2Mountain to challenge themselves by participating in events of their own choosing while they raise funds and awareness for M2M. Climb a 14er, run a marathon, walk a 15k, hike a trail, bike across a mountain pass. Or join us on the Panjshir Tour. It’s up to you. All you need is passion for the outdoors and Mountain2Mountain.
Many of our members create personal fundraising pages on Crowdrise.com and invite family and friends to support their outdoor efforts by donating to M2M.
In 2011 proceeds from the Beti Bike Bash (Bear Creek Park, Lakewood, Colorado) and the Breck 100's little sister, the B-32 (Breckenridge, CO), will benefit M2M. Check out these races, get registered, and help grow our work in Afghanistan:
- Beti Bike Bash: Saturday, June 12, 2010. Learn more here »
- B-32 XC Endurance Race: Saturday, July 16, 2011. Learn more here »
Team M2M isn’t just for elite athletes. We encourage men and women at all levels of athletic skill to get involved. Kids are welcome, too! Beginning racers taking part in their first mountain bike or trail running race are as much a part of the team as elite racers striving to come in first. It’s all about building a community of support through the sports that unite us.