In 2011, a ridiculous 200 mile one day bike ride was transformed from an amazing feat of self achievement into a platform to fight human trafficking that we call Break The Cycle 200 (BTC200), formerly OK200:Stop The Traffic. After doing the first OK200 for personal satisfaction the core riders agreed that a second OK200 would be done the following year, but with a purpose beyond personal goals and pride. We realized that when we told other cyclists that we were riding 200 miles in one day they would typically say, “You’re crazy”, and “Why are you doing this?” The core riders discovered that on a second OK200 they would have an opportunity to grab the attention of others by talking about the ride and they would be able to use that as an opportunity to raise awareness and fight injustice in the world. We realized we couldn’t do it alone and formed a strategic allliance with Venture Expeditions. They specialize in using adventurous activities throughout the United States, like climbing mountains or running across a state, to raise funds and awareness for humanitarian initiatives around the world. OK200 and Venture partnered to help fight the injustice of human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world. Some Heartbreaking Facts: •An estimated 47 million adults and children worldwide are victims of human trafficking (globalslaveryindex.org). About 5 times the population of New York or 15 time the population of the state of Iowa. •Approximately 75-80% of human trafficking is for sex. 80% of those sold into sexual slavery are under 24, some are as young as six years old (UNODOC). •An estimated 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture & neglect (UNODOC). This will be my 6th year in a row riding for this great cause. Typically we bike 200 miles to Okoboji but this year with COVID-19 we are riding a trail loop in groups of 6-7 riders. Anyone that knows anything about riding knows it's much tougher to ride in smaller groups vs. larger ones. So the ride this year will be much more challenging.