Thursday, April 14, 2011

June 4 Night Ride first in Cuyahoga county, to benefit RMH of Cleveland

It’s time to have some two-wheeled fun to help one very special home! The 2nd Annual Century Cycles Night Ride on the Towpath Trail to benefit the Ronald McDonald House is Saturday, June 4, at 8 p.m. It is a 12-mile moonlit bicycle ride that starts at Thornburg Station in Valley View (8111 Rockside Road, at the intersection of Canal and Rockside roads) -- Century Cycles' very first Night Ride in Cuyahoga county.

Bicyclists will ride the Towpath Trail south for six miles, enjoy snacks at the ride’s turnaround point at the Station Road Bridge Trailhead in Brecksville, and then bicycle back to the ride’s starting point. Before cyclists experience the nocturnal sights and sounds of the Towpath Trail, they will enjoy pre-ride festivities including a prize raffle and cycle-your-own smoothies. The first 200 registrants receive a free event t-shirt.

The cost is $20 per person in advance or $25 per person night-of, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. Go to to register online and for more information, or call Century Cycles at 330-657-2209.

On the Night Ride, bicyclists will be pedaling to help provide a home-away-from-home for families whose children are receiving medical care at nearby hospitals. One Night Rider's advance registration fee of $20 can make an impact: It's the same amount families are asked to donate nightly to stay at the Ronald McDonald House, although families are never turned away due to inability to pay and on average it costs the House over $80 per day to allow a family to stay.

All skill levels are welcome to participate in this casual ride (not race). Bicyclists must have their own bicycle and wear a helmet. A bicycle headlight is also required (the Towpath Trail is unlit at night and very dark). Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Plan to arrive a little early to make sure you bike is ready to go and you have a chance to enter the raffle, cycle a smoothie and learn about the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.

About Century Cycles Night Rides on the Towpath Trail
Soon to start their 17th season on April 23, Century Cycles Night Rides on the Towpath Trail are free group nighttime bicycle rides on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that start and end at Century Cycles’ store in Peninsula. They attract hundreds of bicyclists who enjoy it as a fun family outing, a unique date night, or a just a casual bicycle ride with friends to experience one of the area’s most popular bike paths in a whole new way – at night!
New to Night Rides? Go to for the complete 2011 schedule, helpful tips, and videos and photos from past rides.

About The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland
The Ronald McDonald House® of Cleveland, Inc. supports families whose children receive treatment at area medical centers by providing a home-like environment and essential resources and services. Families are stronger when they are together, and their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. While we cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, we can help lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to get and keep their child healthy and happy. Since 1979, our House has been a home away from home for over 31,000 families who have needed to stay close to their hospitalized child.

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