Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2 Wheels for 1 Home: Ronald McDonald House Night Ride on June 2

Enjoy two-wheeled fun to help one very special home -- and our ONLY Night Ride in Cuyahoga County! -- at the 3rd  annual Ronald McDonald House Night Ride on the Towpath Trail sponsored by Century Cycles on Saturday, June 2, at 8pm. This is a family-friendly 12-mile nighttime bicycle ride that starts and ends at Thornburg Station in Valley View (8111 Rockside Road, at the intersection of Canal and Rockside roads, next to Yours Truly restaurant).

The cost is $20 per person in advance until May 31, and the first 200 registrants will receive a free event t-shirt. Night-of registration is $25 per person. All of the proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. To register and for more information, just head on over to www.centurycycles.com/goto/RMH.
All skill levels and ages are welcome to participate in this casual ride (not race). Plan to arrive a little early to make sure your bike is ready to ride and you have a chance to enjoy the pre-ride festivities.

At 7 p.m., attendees can check in, register for a pre-ride raffle, and Century Cycles mechanics will be conducting free pre-ride bicycle safety checks. At 8 p.m., the ride will depart south on the Towpath Trail, to enjoy the nocturnal sights and sounds of the area’s most popular bicycle path. Bicyclists will ride six miles, enjoy snacks and beverages at the ride’s turnaround point at the Station Road Bridge Trailhead, and then bicycle back to the ride’s starting point.

Every Night Rider can make a difference. The advance registration fee of $20 is the same amount families are asked to donate nightly to stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their children are receiving medical care from nearby hospitals, although families are never turned away due to inability to pay. (On average, the actual cost to the House for a family to stay is over $80 per day.) 

The fine print: Everyone 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.

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