King Justin

JUSTIN KING My wife Heidi and I have the privilege of being the parents of Emily (23) and Andrew (20). It isn’t easy being parents. A close friend, and one of the best dads I know, once said to me, “Everyone seems to be searching for quality time with their kids. I’m not really sure how that works-all I know is if you spend a good quantity of time with your kids you will be rewarded with some quality moments you’ll remember forever.” Now that our kids are grown I have some perspective on how lucky we are as a

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Riley Courtney

COURTNEY RILEY / California >>> 3 DAY RIDE Courtney Riley is a yoga instructor, massage therapist, certified health and nutrition coach, ironman, multi-sport outdoor adventure guide, energy worker, thai yoga therapist, skier, surfer, & personal trainer, with a background in culinary arts. She is passionate about health & wellness and helping others along their journey to a balanced life.

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Solorio Jorge

JORGE SOLORIO / Chicago, Illinois >>> URBAN DADS TEAM RIDER – 1 DAY RIDE Jorge Solorio started with the BlackStar Project in March of 2014. He is an amateur bike rider and plan to help raise funds for the BlackStar Project to support the “Million Father March”, a multinational annual event designed to get fathers involved in their child’s lives and in the schools. The Black Star Project is a non-profit, action-based organization founded in 1996 to provide educational services that improve the life-quality outcomes of less-advantaged Black and Latino communities and to close the racial academic achievement gap.

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Cupial Dariusz

DR. DARIUSZ CUPIAL / Poland >>> FOUNDER, TATO.NET Theologian, the author of ‘On the Road to Evangelization and Ecumenism’ and “Columbuses of our generation”. A co-founder  of St. Cyril and Methodius Foundation. He is also the originator and facilitator of Tato.Net Fathering Initiative. He is a member of Society Inno vators for the Public ASHOKA and Light-Life (Światło-Życie) Association. He is a father of three children and has got one granddaughter.    

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Masukevich Kevin

KEVIN MASUKEVICH >>> 1 WEEK RIDE There are millions of kids in the country who share the same tale & countless other children who have fathers who are physically “showing up” and aren’t really there. They are abandoning the children in a different way by checking out physically, emotionally, spiritually & financially. I feel passionate about caring for the fatherless & helping provide education, encouragement & tools to help fathers engage with their children in a way that will leave a legacy of hope & love where there had been despair & brokeness.

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Topicha-Dolny Mikołaj

MIKOLAJ “NIC” TOPICHA-DOLNY / Poland >>> FULL RIDE   Mikołaj (Nic) Topicha-Dolny has been married 25 years and is father to Agnes (8), Gabriela (15), Michael (18), Alexadra (21). For 25 years Nic and his wife lead formative meetings for married couples. In 2003 he created the Centre of the Foundation “Light-Life” in Warsaw, Poland (fundacja.wpraga.oaza.pl), leading modern educational programs for children, young people and adults. He is participating in programs with the Commission of the Social Dialogue for Education, partners with tato.net and Fathers with Children Cruises/Cruises Fathers (rejsyojcow.pl) From 1998 to 2007, as a graphic designer, Nic connected with advertising agency Fortis, creating publicity materials

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Jenkins Jeff

JEFF JENKINS / Kansas >>> DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT My wife, Kelley and I have been married since 2003. My #1 passion is being Dad to my amazing kids! Every day, I get to fill dual roles, where I am blessed to be both my daughter’s Prince Charming and son’s Superhero. I am currently serving as the Director of Development for 21st Century Dads Foundation and am the former Chief Operating Officer for the National Center for Fathering. Currently, I also serve as a member of the Fatherless Catalyst Team for Elevate KC and as an advisory board member for Caring for

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1. Hirsch David

DAVID HIRSCH / Barrington, IL >>> RIDE CAPTAIN  My wife Peggy and I have five amazing kids ages 25 to 18. I am also the founder of Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, founded in 1997 and is the country’s first state non-profit fatherhood organization, whose mission is Actively Engaging Fathers In The Education Of Children. I am riding to honor all dads (fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and father-figures) and in particular four fathers: my dad Ralph Hirsch (84), my deceased granddads: Harry Hirsch and Sam Solomon, and my good friend Jim Mullen, who is a former Chicago Police Officer, who was catastrophically injured

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Cupial Dariusz

DR. DARIUSZ WIECUPIAL / Poland >>> OPEN RELAY TEAM RIDER Dr. Dariusz Cupiał is a theologian, author of the book “On the Path of Evangelization and Ecumenism.” Co-founder and Chairman of the Cyril and Methodius Foundation. He has received a scholarship for social entrepreneur and innovative from ASHOKA group. Dr. Cupial is a dad of three children. Cupial started and coordinates the program for the Tato.Net initiative. Tato.Net is a meeting place for people who know how important a place the father has in the life of his children and family. They are the first generation of men who are aware of the need to keep mutual support

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Wierzchucki Patryk

PATRYK WIERZCHUCKI / Illinois >>> OPEN RELAY TEAM RIDER Patryk Wierzchucki is 16 years old, and a sophomore in Adlai E. Stevenson high school. He is diver and gymnast for his school. He loves outdoor adventures like fishing, biking, and kayaking. He faces every challenge with a big smile on his face. He was also part of the “Stephan Challenge” with his dad.

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Wierzchucki Maciej

MACIEJ WIERZCHUCKI / Illinois >>> OPEN RELAY TEAM RIDER Maciej Wierzchucki is a happily married husband, father of three kids. He is an active real estate broker and owner of construction and investment company. Maciej’s abundant energy and determination make him an active dad to his son and two daughters. He is extremely positive, helpful, proactive problem solver. His family enjoys canoeing, biking and camping together in the brilliant outdoors. Maciej was also part of the Stephan Challenge, a 3,129 mile cross country bike ride by then 51 year old quadriplegic Mark Stephan.

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Miller Chris

CHRIS MILLER / St. Louis Missouri >>> VETERANS RELAY TEAM RIDER Chris Miller, from the St. Louis, MO area, graduated high school in 2000 and joined the U.S. Army Reserves a few months later in September of 2000.  After 9/11, being in the military meant so much more, and impacted his life greatly.  He married his girlfriend of two years, Stephanie, in June of 2002, and was deployed six months later on his first stateside deployment in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  After serving that six month mobilization, Chris came home for one year, and was mobilized again to support the

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Hirsch Dave O

DAVE O HIRSCH / Chicago, Illinois >>> OPEN RELAY TEAM RIDER Dave O is 25, a graduate of Elon University, who lives in Chicago and works in Rosemont, IL for Reyes Holding, a very LARGE privately held distribution business. He is also engaged to be married in January 2016 to his lovely bride-to-be Lauren Kiddy, of Fort Meyers, FL. They both currently reside in Wrigleyville. He will be riding from Amarillo, TX to Oklahoma City.

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Solorio Jorge

JORGE SOLORIO / Chicago, Illinois >>> URBAN DADS TEAM RIDER Jorge Solorio started with the BlackStar Project in March of 2014. He is an amateur bike rider and plan to help raise funds for the BlackStar Project to support the “Million Father March”, a multinational annual event designed to get fathers involved in their child’s lives and in the schools. The Black Star Project is a non-profit, action-based organization founded in 1996 to provide educational services that improve the life-quality outcomes of less-advantaged Black and Latino communities and to close the racial academic achievement gap.      

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Riley Courtney

COURTNEY RILEY / California >>> DEVOTED DAUGHTERS TEAM RIDER Courtney Riley is a yoga instructor, massage therapist, certified health and nutrition coach, ironman, multi-sport outdoor adventure guide, energy worker, thai yoga therapist, skier, surfer, & personal trainer, with a background in culinary arts. She is passionate about health & wellness and helping others along their journey to a balanced life.

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Janowick Timothy

TIMOTHY JANOWICK/ Illinois >>> RIDE SAFETY CAPTAIN  Timothy Janowick is a husband to Jennifer and father to two great young adults, Bridgitte and Gregory. He serves with the Mount Prospect, Illinois, Police Department where he currently is the Chief of Police. Tim lectures nationally on law enforcement leadership, management, and practices and is honored to have the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Homeland Security Conference in Philadelphia, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST), the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Park Service Ranger Chiefs, and the Pennsylvania Association of Chiefs

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Baker Lincoln

LINCOLN BAKER >>> RIDE DIRECTOR As an accomplished adventure travel guide with more than 20 years of experience, Lincoln is responsible for the Dads Honor Ride route, bike manitenance and much of the logistics from start to finish. Passionate for the outdoors since his childhood, Lincoln’s love for adventure travel has led him to guide trips across the world, from Montana and Alaska to Costa Rica and New Zealand. He is an Ironman triathlete, endurance rider and an EMT. He also works on adapting outdoor gear for disabled adults. One of his most significant accomplishments was serving in a similar

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Wilkerson Lawton

O. LAWTON “WILK” WILKERSON / Chicago Heights, IL >>> VETERANS RELAY TEAM CAPTAIN Lawton Wilkerson is a native of Chicago Heights and WWII veteran. Upon graduating from Bloom Township High School there, he went into the Army Air Force Aviation Cadet training program at Tuskegee Alabama where he got his commission as 2nd Lieutenant and “Wings” as a B-25 Pilot. There were no pilot’s jobs for the Tuskegee Airmen, back in the day, so he worked a number of jobs including being an “on air personality” at WBEE Radio, before becoming Manager of Community Affairs at WMAQ, NBC Radio in

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Muzikowski Bob

BOB MUZIKOWSKI / Chicago, IL >>> URBAN DADS TEAM RIDER In addition to being the father of seven, Bob is founder of Chicago Hope Academy, a private non-denominational Christian high school located on the Near West Side of Chicago. He is also the founder of the Near West Side Little League, the largest inner city Little League in the country. Bob is author of the book Safe At Home, which he wrote to set the record straight in response to the mis-portrayal of his character by Keanu Reeves in the movie Hardball.

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Lee Bob

BOB LEE / Barrington, IL >>> GRANDPAS RELAY TEAM CAPTAIN Bob is a prolific rider, having riden more than 12,000 miles around the U.S. during three separate rides to raise awareness and more than a $1m for Cancer, ALS, and Hospice. In addition to being the grandfather of six, Bob is a successful businessman, accomplished amateur photographer and dedicated community leader.

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Canfield Ken

KEN CANFIELD / Overland Park, KS >>> URBAN DADS RELAY TEAM CAPTAIN Dr. Ken Canfield is founder of the National Center for Fathering, and served as NCF’s president and CEO from 1990 through 2005. From 2006- 2010 he was executive director for the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Since then Ken has been working with a number of national and international non-profits. His work has been recognized in a variety of ways: He has been a consultant to state and community officials on ways to engage and equip fathers in local programming; served as one of

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1. Hirsch David

DAVID HIRSCH / Barrington, IL >>> RIDE CAPTAIN  My wife Peggy and I have five amazing kids ages 25 to 18. I am also the founder of Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, founded in 1997 and is the country’s first state non-profit fatherhood organization, whose mission is Actively Engaging Fathers In The Education Of Children. I have a passion for this issue and love a serious challenge. While I’ve done some marathons and triathlons — including Ironman Wisconsin — riding 2,100+ miles in 21 days is by far the most ambitious physical and mental challenge I’ve undertaken. At age 54, I’m not

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