Reid Foundation’s fourth annual ReidRide on July 28 is expected to draw more than 700 riders, planners said.
“We expect to see the ride continue to grow,” said Foundation Director Jason Troutwine. “ReidRide is a fun event that has established a great reputation for both casual and frequent cyclists.”
ReidRide planners said the ride is open to all ages and fitness levels but those under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. “This is not a race, simply a fun ride and a way to become more active,” said Foundation Events Coordinator Becky Jewison.
Similar to previous years, Troutwine said safety is a primary concern. “We want ReidRide to be fun – but we also want it to be safe. We are fortunate to have the partnership of local police, the highway department, several fire departments and EMS personnel. Without their help we couldn’t do this.”
Riders may check in beginning at 6:30 a.m. in front of Reid Hospital’s Medical Office Building. Troutwine suggests participants access the campus using the bridge entrance from Reid Parkway; traffic monitors will answer questions and direct parking.
At 7:30 a.m., participating cyclists will begin the 22-mile course. This year’s ride will repeat last year’s successful route by heading south on Chester Boulevard, turning onto A Street and then to West Main. Riders will then bike to Centerville via U.S. 40 where volunteers will provide water and encouragement at the halfway stop.
Participants will then strike north on Centerville Road to follow Webster Road to the Cardinal Greenway to Industries Road to make their way back to Reid.
Reid Foundation is again encouraging businesses to have employees “team up” for the ride. Troutwine said ReidRide is not only a wellness activity but also a great social event. “Last year several businesses, clubs and families grouped together for the ride. Many wore team t-shirts and offered support for one another. It’s a special day for a special cause.”
As in past years, ReidRide proceeds will provide new “Shoes for Kids.” In 2011, more than 2,000 pairs of shoes were distributed to children in need in East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio. Planners hope to exceed this number in 2012. Those wishing to support the cause can do so by making a donation on the event’s website.
Visit ReidRide.org for additional information, including specifics on the route, online registration and the “Shoes for Kids” program.