Seattle Press
'PROS' Cycling Event to Debut Sept. 5 in Seattle
Labor Day will find many among the Seattle cycling community coming together to launch a new annual event--the Perimeter Ride Of Seattle (PROS) to raise funds and awareness for Seattle-based Native Planet, a non-governmental organization serving various indigenous communities.

The main cycling event is a tour of Seattle's spectacular views and scenery. Up to 200 cyclists will be seen riding around Seattle's city limits, many wearing Native Planet cycling jerseys, a journey of 80 miles and a 4500 feet elevation gain.

A 55-mile version (PROS Lite) is also planned. Because of the stunning scenery, challenge, unique itinerary, and crucial cause, the organizers believe that PROS will become one the largest Pacific North West Classic rides within a couple of years.

Native Planet is a non-profit organization that promotes the self-empowerment of indigenous cultures worldwide, aiding their own struggles for self-preservation and protection.

Native Planet"s president, Seattle's Jean-Philippe Soulé, founded the NGO after a year stay in Indonesia turned into a lifetime commitment when he met the Mentawai, an ancient indigenous people. Their outlook, way of life and culture had a profound impact on him; when he realized that extinction was their future, he vowed to ensure their survival and that of other traditional indigenous communities.

All funds raised through PROS will benefit Native Planet works, which include the restoration of traditional housing, a cultural ecotourism project that gives indigenous people income while preserving the old ways and the support of health programs.

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