NEW HAVEN — Cyclists will have the opportunity to peddle for a good cause, when the annual Claflin C.A.R.E. Bike Ride hits the streets July 16.
Proceeds from the event, which begins at the New Haven baseball fields, go to the Bend Area C.A.R.E. Christmas Assistance Program.
“The event typically generates about $1,000 of the $10,000 that the Bend Area C.A.R.E. spends on the kids for the Christmas program,” said Jodie Roush, organizer of the bike ride and member of the Bend Area Sprocket Spinners bike club.
Those participating will ride multiple laps around an 8.5-mile loop. The course will go from Midway Drive to Rt. 62, then on to Broad Run Road. From there, the course will continue to Gun Club Road, back to Rt. 62, and to Layne Street.
Helmets are highly recommended, according to Roush. They are required for riders 16 and under, who must also be accompanied by an adult if riding the 8.5-mile course. There will be a one-mile ride at 11 a.m. for youth unable to ride the longer course.
Riders may begin at 8 a.m. and must register prior to starting. Registration will be 7:30-10:30 a.m., and all riders are expected to finish by noon. Riders planning to complete a single lap only can register at 10:30 a.m.
For a $20 donation, bikers can participate in the ride, have snacks and drinks at the start/finish area, and enjoy a cookout at noon. T-shirts will be provided to the first 40 adult and first 20 youth registrants.
Novelty awards will be presented at the end of the event. There will also be a gift card drawing for one youth and one adult rider at the picnic. The winners must be present.
Roush said the initial investment for the ride was provided by the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation. Registration forms are now being accepted, and are online at www.tristateracer.com. For more information, contact Roush at 304-593-4446.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.