On June 15th we held our 9th annual Women, Trans, Femme, Non-Binary alleycat, Moxie Sumer Jam. Before we even started out planning we had an honest discussion about whether we wanted to put it on this year. We ultimately decided we are sooooo close to a decade we can’t stop now.
This race wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers who are always willing to show up early at the park to get their secret supplies before the racers show up. It saves our ass a ton of running around the day of the race. Plus they are always game to get whatever is needed to their stop whether its super heavy or incredibly awkward.
114 racers with all different skill levels, ages, bikes, and styles including 3 who didn’t know the town, 7 Masters, and 1 tough racer attacking with a single gear arrived at Gas Works Park. This year’s course proved to be a quick one, with racers almost beating us to the finish line!
Peddler Brewing Company provided kegs of kegs of Peddler Beach Cruiser Blonde and Strawberry Rhubarb fizzy water on hand for the racers and volunteers and both were totally tapped by start time. Atomic Cycleworks also was kind enough to bring mimosa fixings.
At about 2:50 we told the racers to go away from their bikes. With that many racers, sticking manifests in all the bikes takes awhile so we always recruit as many non-racers around as possible to help. It takes a village.
Once the racers gathered we gave our not so short spiel. The talented Ben Wong patiently give us instructions for the group photo. Once we said “GO” the racers ran to their bikes and started plotting out our 6 stops.
Wild Night Out – At Foster Island, racers sang embarrassing karaoke then got a temporary tattoo.
Tire Toss – Fairview Park, this year we decided to do our donations a bit different and let the racers have a say into where the “profits” go. We had four construction cones represent four charities, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the Transgender Law Center. We would donate to all four but the percentages would be based on where people threw their tires. I should admit that I got this idea because I did an alley cat once where you had to toss a tire over a cone and it took me about 20 minutes to get it, though admitting that makes it sound like I like to pass on pain.
Cyclocross – It’s hard not to have a cyclocross stop when members from both Space Cadets and Soft Like Kitten volunteer to work a stop. They set up a small course at the Ravenna Shelter.
Get Loose – Gilman Playground was the sight of a raging party where all the racers got loose with a jello shot, reg booze or juice for non-drinkers and then limboed on their bikes.
Glamour Shots – Two cheesy backdrops were set up at Meridian Playfield with the classic glamour shot accessories like feather boas, pets, and hats that had all the racers give their best head-shot.
Bike Pick-up lines – at Thomas C. Whales park all the racers had to take a moment to appreciate how their bikes are fine as hell and write a pick up line for them. The volunteers then choose their favorites that got read at the after party.
Once all stops were hit, they raced to The Boxcar where they checked in and started comparing routes and stories. We started out the awards which would be nothing without the great stuff from our sponsors below. Please thank them, support them, and mention Moxie Summer Jam. They are great businesses that support the Women, Trans, Femme, and Non-Binary community on bikes.
After buying all the racers and volunteers a drink and paying ourselves back for supplies we had an extra $308. As decided by the results of the tire toss $97 will go to The Northwest Immigrants Project, $77 will go to ACLU, then $67 will go to both the Transgender Law Project and Planned Parenthood.
We have a Flickr group with pics of the race so please upload any pictures you have. We will be adding more as we get them from each photographer so keep visiting. We would also love to see the routes people took, if you have them mapped out add the link in the comments or post it on our facebook page. Keep reading for the full race results and list of sponsors! See you next year for our 10th Anniversary Race!
Monica and Marley
Much love to our amazing sponsors!
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