With each push of the pedals on their bicycles, members of Goshen United Methodist Church and the Electrolyte Depletion cycling group are looking forward to helping children. The public is invited to join too.
The third annual Ride for a Reason Charity Cycling Event is set for Saturday, May 6, at the church, 276 Suttontown Road, Newton Grove. It will consist of three routes through Sampson County. All proceeds will go to the Methodist Home for Children. Founded in 1899, the Raleigh-based organization assists youths and works to stop social and family problems such as abuse, neglect and abandonment.
The bike ride through Newton Grove and surrounding areas will include a 10-mile ride for casual cyclists. For more experienced cyclists, 31.2 mile and 51.5 mile routes are also available. The cost to participate is $25.
Arrival time is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, and the ride is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Cyclists who register before April 14 will receive a T-shirt.
Ride for a Reason bring cyclists from all over the state. The goal is to raise $10,000, which would double last year’s total.
“We’re pretty much doubling every year,” said Brent Rivenbark, a member of Electrolyte Depletion. “We’re hoping for over 100 riders.”
Last year, more than 60 riders participated in the event. During the event, he enjoys meeting cyclists from other regions of North Carolina.
“The thing about cyclists is that they’ll travel anywhere for a bike ride,” Rivenbark said. “You get them from all over the coast and out toward the mountains sometimes.”
Hosting the event is something Electrolyte Depletion looks forward to every spring and they have no plans of slowing down. The organization began with a group of cousins who wanted to improve physically, mentally and personally. One mission of the organization is to improve the community through exercise and supporting individual and communal goals. Others involve motivation and helping others in need.
Along with other members of the organization, Rivenbark is looking forward to making a difference in the lives of children.
“All the money raised — 100 percent of it — goes to the Methodist Home for Children and that’s pretty neat,” Rivenbark said. “A lot of times, there’s people and expenses you have to pay. All of the expenses are taken care of. The Methodist Home does a lot of good things with their work.”
Registration is now open online at www.active.com and searching for “Ride for a Reason.” Additional information is available through the event’s Facebook page, Ride for a Reason Charity Bike Ride.
Organizers are also searching for sponsors. Businesses who donate $50 or more will be listed on a T-shirt and on the donor board. For donors who give $100 or more will be listed on the goody bags that riders will take home. Businesses who contribute that amount may also donate items such as pens, keychains and business cards. The deadline to sponsor is April 16.
For more information about the event or participating in the group, contact Rivenbark at 910-290-3220 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Melanie Spell at 910-590-6728 or by email at email@example.com.
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