Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Help Us Help The House: Night Ride for Ronald McDonald House

Experience two-wheeled fun to help one very special home at the 4th annual Ronald McDonald House Night Ride on the Towpath Trail sponsored by Century Cycles on Saturday, June 1, at 8 p.m. -- Century Cycles only Night Ride for charity!

This is also Century Cycles' only Night Ride in Cuyahoga County! It's 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, next to Yours Truly restaurant).

The cost is $20 per person in advance until May 30 or $25 per person for night-of registration. All of the proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. To register (and for more information and riding tips), visit

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 (and on average it actually costs the House over $80 per day for a family to stay). 
The Night Ride's itinerary includes:
  • 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.
All skill levels and ages 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 your bike is ready to go and you have a chance to enjoy the pre-ride festivities.

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