Mungai’s Outdoor Retreat

Sam Mungai, Columnist •


Photo by Sam Mungai

Located in the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais, Switzerland, Crans-Montana is a place like no other. Its breath-taking views and scenic routes make it the perfect place for everyone to come and unwind as they glimpse at the Jura mountains. During the winter, Crans-Montana is an excellent location for avid- thrill seeking skiers to come and slide down the highest pikes of its mountains, with a variety of ski chalets to choose from.

During the summer, Crans-Montana, becomes a place where many alpinist and hikers come and explores its vast mountainous heights, as well as being a highly favored place for activities, it is a place where organizations such as UNICEF organize events to promote certain humanitarian causes.

One of its most famous events that attracts both families, individuals and athletes from all over is for its annual CYCLING FOR CHILDREN bike race. The charity bike race, which promotes the poverty of children world-wide, brings to the attention the importance of giving to those who are less fortunate in the world around us.

The bike race, had two options of races to choose from; the first race was the 20km [12 miles] for the more enthusiastic and adventurous bike riders and the 14km [8 miles] with a 15-degree incline and a or the more Zen riders who want to take their time and enjoy the race. One could do both races as many times as you wanted between 5am in the morning and 6pm in the evening.

For this event, I had the opportunity to bike the 14km bike race twice, which meant that I did a total of 28km [ 17 miles]. Although my lap times were not the world’s best and the amount of muscle injuries that I sustained were almost sever, I still had the opportunity to be part of this amazing cause and at the same time I had the opportunity to meet up with a rare swiss celebrity.

All together as rides and participants of this event raised all together about 24000 Swiss Frans [$ 25180] to raise awareness of child poverty worldwide.

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