2022 Cleveland Clinic Akron General Towpath 50


Thank you for registering for our 2022 Cleveland Clinic Akron General Towpath 50 bicycle ride. The funds you raise for this bike ride will help us continue developing and maintaining the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, with a focus on keeping the trail a safe, functional, and beautiful resource for all bicyclists and hikers across Northeast Ohio.


Thank you for supporting the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition!


Fundraising Tips

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when fundraising. We hope this kit gives you some ideas of how you can maximize your fundraising efforts and inspires you to reach out to more people in the community. Below you’ll find tips to help get the ball rolling on your fundraising goals.

  • The first rule of fundraising is if you don’t ask, you don’t give people a chance to say yes! It can be daunting to ask for financial support for a cause, but remember that there are many generous people who want to give and support our community. They just need to be asked so they can say YES!
  • Make a list. Not sure who to ask for support? Sit down and think about friends, family, and other community groups that you have a connection with. Who do you know that may share a passion for the Towpath Trail as a natural, recreational, and historical resource?
  • Get personal. Let your friends and family know that this cause is close to your heart. Recall your previous experiences on the Towpath Trail. What do you love about it? Where are your favorite places to visit? Think about why you are passionate about the development of the Towpath Trail and share that story with those who may support your fundraising efforts.
  • Set deadlines. Share a fundraising deadline goal with your friends and family to prompt them to donate in a timely manner.


Facebook:

Tip: Create a Facebook fundraiser. Setting up a fundraiser right on the platform allows your friends and family to donate quickly and easily. 


SAMPLE 1

I am participating in the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition’s Cleveland Clinic Akron General Towpath 50 Ride! On August 14, I will bicycle 50 miles along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in support of their mission. I’m choosing to take part in this event because [personal reason]. I would greatly appreciate your support. All money raised goes toward future development, maintenance, and activation of the Towpath Trail. #Towpath50

Visit this link to donate: [link]


SAMPLE 2

The Cleveland Clinic Akron General Towpath 50 Ride is a 50-mile bike ride on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, is only [XX] days away! My goal is to raise $[fundraising goal] by [date] in support of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition. Will you help me reach my goal? #Towpath50

Donate here: [link]


SAMPLE 3

Today I am going out for a bike ride at [location] on the Towpath Trail. Have you ever hiked or biked on the Towpath Trail? If so, you know just how beautiful it is and why the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition works to continue developing it. Help me support their mission by donating to my fundraising link! #Towpath50

Donate here: [link]


SAMPLE 4

This is my [first] year participating in the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Towpath 50 Ride and I am excited because [personal reason]. My fundraising goal is $[fundraising goal]. If you’re able, please consider donating and helping me reach my goal! #Towpath50

Donate here: [link]

Instagram:

Tip: Put your OneCause fundraising link in your Instagram bio. To do this, go to your Instagram profile, tap edit profile, paste your OneCause link in the Website box, and save changes.


SAMPLE 1

Story – Take a photo from a ride/preparing for a ride. Use that for your Instagram Story. Add the Countdown sticker to your story and input the date of the Towpath 50, August 14. Use the Countdown sticker to keep friends and family updated about your training and ask them to consider supporting you by visiting the link in your bio. Don’t forget to add the #Towpath50 hashtag! You could repeat this multiple times leading up to the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Towpath 50.


SAMPLE 2

Use a photo of you during/preparing for a ride. Caption your photo with this:

Heading out on the #TowpathTrail today to train for the Cleveland Clinic Akron General #Towpath50 where I will ride 50 miles to support the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition (@TowpathTrail). You can help me reach my fundraising goals by visiting the link in my bio!


SAMPLE 3

Use a photo of you during/preparing for a ride. Caption your photo with this:

It's a beautiful day on the #TowpathTrail! This year I am participating in the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition's Cleveland Clinic Akron General #Towpath50 because [personal reason]. Help me support the @TowpathTrail in keeping this resource functional and beautiful for all Ohio bicyclists. Visit the link in my bio to donate!