Wheels of Justice
There are many worthy causes that deserve our support. Perhaps nothing harms our society more, however, than child abuse. One in five children will be sexually abused before they turn 18. Child sex abuse alone costs taxpayers billions annually. And, these numbers do not include the victims of the child sex trade, nor do they say anything about the many other dark forms of child abuse. Wheels of Justice is committed to doing something about this.
Who we are.
Wheels of Justice is a cycling club and Wings of Justice is a running club, both dedicated to ending child abuse. Our members are spread along the Wasatch Front, throughout southern Utah, and even in a number of different states and countries. All types of riders (roadies, mountain bikers, triathletes, commuters, randonneurs, casual riders, etc.) and runners (road, trail, tread, etc.) are welcome and wanted. Being on the team does not require any kind of commitment. You can show support for the cause simply by adding your name to the list and reppin’ our colors. We raise money and awareness and provide limited pro bono professional services to support four outstanding organizations making a difference in our community: Prevent Child Abuse Utah (“PCAU”), Friends of the Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center (“Friends of the CJC”), Operation Underground Railroad (“O.U.R.”), and the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (“UDVC”).
The mission of PCAU is to forge and guide a community commitment to prevent child abuse in all forms through education, services, and public awareness. PCAU provides prevention education to both students and adults throughout the state. Its student presentations include child abuse prevention, bullying prevention, internet safety, and healthy relationships. Its adult presentations are geared towards adults working with children and the overall community. It also administers a sexual abuse prevention training program for parents and caregivers. All of PCAU’s education is evidence-informed, age-based, and free of charge. PCAU’s logo is a blue pinwheel. PCAU explains that the pinwheel “represents the carefree and innocent childhood we all wish for the children in our lives. The pinwheel symbolizes the innocence of childhood and the bright, happy future every child deserves.” Watch this 30-second video to learn more. www.pcautah.org
The Friends of the CJC provides support to the Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center. The CJC’s expert team empower child abuse victims to become survivors by receiving hope, healing, and justice. The team provides crisis support, onsite medical exams, sensitive forensic interview sessions to record their statements, referrals to trauma therapists, client emergency fund, and much more. The CJC is administered by the Salt Lake County District Attorney to help abused children recover from their experiences and receive support through all phases of the investigation and criminal justice process. www.cjcslc.org
O.U.R. takes its name from the Underground Railroad network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early to mid 19thcentur to help African American slaves escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists, who were sympathetic to their cause. O.U.R. has taken on this name as it works to put an end to modern slavery in the form of child sex trafficking. O.U.R.’s Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts to free children. These operations are always carried out in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world. Once victims are rescued, a comprehensive process involving justice for the perpetrators and recovery and rehabilitation for the survivors begins. www.ourrescue.org
A lesser-known form of child abuse occurs when children are exposed to domestic violence between adults. Children who witness domestic violence are at serious risk for long-term physical and mental health problems. Children who witness domestic violence are also six times more likely to be involved in domestic violence relationships themselves in adulthood. The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition is a nonprofit organization recognized nationally for providing expertise concerning issues of domestic and sexual violence to member programs, community partners and others in Utah. UDVC proposes, promotes, and advises on policies and practices that enhance victim safety and empowerment while raising awareness of the need for prevention and intervention. UDVC’s team works closely with community-based victim service providers, key stakeholders, policy makers, and community partners to provide comprehensive, trauma-informed, statewide services and responses. They provide technical assistance and training to member programs, law enforcement, and community partners, as well as work with media and others to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the need for prevention and intervention. Finally, they operate a 24-hour confidential hotline known as the LINKLine, 1-800-897-LINK (5465), that offers trauma-informed support and connects survivors, friends, family, service providers and others to local resources. www.udvc.org
What we do.
Whether it’s in our annual Ain’t No Mountain High Enough! team ride/run, in small groups spread throughout the state on weekends, or solo riders/runners simply reppin’ our colors, we mostly just have fun riding and running in the beautiful outdoors and enjoying the comradery that comes from working together for a common purpose.
We raise money through the sale of team apparel and through in-kind and cash donations made by individuals and our many community partners. One of our partners, Utah-based DNA Cycling, has made our team kits and tech shirts available to us at a steeply discounted price to assist in our fundraising efforts. By keeping our costs low, we can pass more money along to help the kids. All proceeds from sales go to support the cause. You can purchase a team kit, tech shirts, and other apparel by visiting the DNA Store.
What you can do to help.
You can do a number of different things to help us make a difference:
- Join the team on Strava! Membership in Wheels of Justice and Wings of Justice is absolutely free!
- Rep’ our colors! DNA Cycling makes our team kits available to us below cost. All proceeds go to help the kids. Just wearing the kit helps make a difference by raising awareness of this important issue.
- Donate! We gladly accept cash or in-kind donations.
- Make Wheels of Justice your nonprofit of choice on eBay and Amazon for seller donations.
- Spread the word! Know another cyclist or a local business that likes to give back to the community? Let them know about us.
- Serve! Consider taking some time to give back to the community, preferably in an endeavor related to our mission. Are you an attorney or another professional? You can provide pro bono professional services to our beneficiary organizations or directly to the children and families we serve.
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!
Come, tackle all five of Salt Lake City’s canyons with us!
Our major event each year is our Ain’t No Mountain High Enough! ride/run.
The ride ascends all five of Salt Lake City’s rideable canyons: Little Cottonwood Canyon, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Millcreek Canyon, Emigration Canyon, and then, City Creek Canyon! Riders can choose one, two, three, four, or all five canyons. The ride is not easy. Neither is the fight to put an end to child abuse and help victims. With more elevation gain than the most prominent peak in the continental United States and even more than the Mauna Kea volcano in Hawai’i, this formidable ride is meant to show that people can overcome any challenge. It also shows our team’s commitment to protecting and helping children.
The ride is free. We simply ask that you consider making a donation to the cause. (We are grateful for donations of any size.) In addition to any personal donation you decide to make, you can also ask your family and friends to donate a penny for each foot of elevation you climb during the ride. ALL proceeds from the ride (and team kit sales, etc.) go to help the kids. To learn more about the ride and to register, simply visit our event page on Strava, read the disclaimer, and then click the button to join the event.
The run . . .
Those who compete in either event receive a killer finisher’s medal, courtesy of DNA Cycling (Drive Marketing). All riders also receive a free Specialized 2nd Gen Big Mouth water bottle, courtesy of UtahBikingLaw.com. Thanks to our other generous local partners, there are also some very cool giveaways, as well as prizes awarded to the KOM and QOM of each canyon. Rally your friends and come join us in 2019!
For more information or to join the RIDE, click here.
For more information or to join the RUN, click here.
Community Partners: Alta Ski Area | The Bagel Project | Black Bear Diner Sandy | Brighton Resort | Clyde Snow & Sessions | Deer Valley Resort | Diversified Insurance | DNA Cycling | The Dodo | Dominion Energy | Drive Marketing | First Endurance | Flynn Cyclery | Frankie and Jess on 97.1 ZHT | Gear.com | Goebel Anderson | Great Harvest Bread Co. | Gregory Mountain Products | Harmon’s Holladay Market | Hartle & Rees Accountants | Holladay United Church of Christ | Hoole & King | Howdy Homemade | Kirton McConkie | Log Haven | LoToJa | Magna Dental | Mint Cuts | The Park Café | Parker Orthodontics | Greg and Brittney Petersen Peace Fund | PLAN7 Endurance Coaching | Salt Cycles Bike Shop | Sharon’s Café | Snowbird Ski Resort | Solitude Mountain Resort |Sundance Mountain Resort | Supersonic Car Wash | Titan Mobile | TOU Ultimate Challenge | Tour of Utah | Traeger Grills | Ultradent Products | UtahBikingLaw.com | Village Dental | The Zone Sports Network (97.5 FM and 1280 AM)