Help Marley & Kailey get to Washington, DC

Marley Blonsky & Kailey Kornhauser are traveling to Washington, DC in March 2020 for the League of American Bicyclists National Bike Summit , where they’ll be presenting “Fat Bikers – Creating Space for Body Size Diversity in Our Bike Communities!”  

This is a HUGE (pun intended) opportunity for them and our bike community, but they need help paying conference registration fees, airline tickets, and housing while in DC.

Marley and Kailey are both fat adventure cyclists who have a wealth of knowledge to spread with community organizers, policy-makers, and influential people in the bike industry about how biking can be better for people of all sizes. They first presented this panel and discussion at the 2019 WTF Bike Summit , where it was well-received and sparked lots of discussion throughout the weekend about how brands, bike clubs, and individuals can all be better.

The panel in Washington DC will build off our experience at the WTF Summit and will continue to open the dialogue about this sometimes taboo topic, and hopefully get more people of all sizes on bikes in communities all across America!

We feel a little bit weird and vulnerable about asking the community for help in fundraising to help us go to this conference, but feel the benefit of our message outweighs our personal discomfort. To that end, we aim to be transparent with our budget and why we are asking for funds.

As best as we are aware, most of the attendees to the conference are sponsored by their employers or bike club. We will be presenting and attending as normal, everyday, bike-riding citizens, which we think is pretty cool, but is also a bit intimidating from both a personal and financial perspective. Imposter syndrome much?

Below is an overall breakdown of our budget. You’ll see there are a few ranges for some items, like accommodation, depending on our success with fundraising.

Flights: $350 (each)

Lodging: $650-1200 (AirBNB or Conference Hotel)

Conference Registration: $50-450 (each, depending if we are awarded a scholarship)

Optional Bike Ride at Conference: $30 (each)

Food: $200-300

Total: $1810 -3160


Thank you in advance for your support – whatever and however you can help is deeply appreciated!!

Donations (167)

  • Kevin Burke
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs

Fundraising team: Team Fat Bikers (2)

Marley Blonsky
Seattle, WA
Kailey Kornhauser
Team member

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