River ride aims to help young people in the Lima region
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – The 14th annual River Ride bike tour taking place Saturday at Heritage Park will be a fundraiser for City Life at the Rally Point Youth Center, a non-profit Youth Ministry for Christ of the North West from Ohio. Proceeds from registration will go to the organization’s general budget to help it continue to provide Bible-centered counseling and support services to young people in Lima.
For 50- and 62.5-mile runners, the recommended start time is between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., while 20-mile runners should start between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and 10-mile runners should start at 10 a.m.
Participants pay an entry fee of $35 for individuals or $80 for families of up to five runners. Fees help support the Rally Point Youth Center. Alternatively, a runner may choose to raise at least $100 in sponsorship money instead of paying the entry fee.
With 62.5 miles of well marked and maintained paved roads on flat terrain, River Ride should be a fun and safe event for young and old. Those interested can register on the day of the event to participate.
According to Jared Diller, executive director of Northwest Ohio Youth for Christ and president of River Ride, the event is expected to highlight Allen County parks and bike paths, and this year’s turnout is expected to exceed the rate of last year’s attendance of 235 runners, with an expected 250 to 300 runners.
“It’s great fun and it’s a healthy recreational activity that you can do with your loved ones,” said Diller, who has already walked 20 miles with her children.
“The support from the Lima area community behind the River Ride has been incredible. It has grown over 14 years because people see the value of the Rally Point Youth Center, which has been around since January 2006. Year after year they have supported the Ride and cheered us on,” Diller said.
There are four route options. The first is for families. The second is for weekend bikers. The third and fourth routes are reserved for experienced riders. The furthest distance seasoned cyclists reach is Grand Lake St. Marys before returning to Heritage Park.
Runners will appreciate the refueling stops. Lunch will be at Heritage Park after the ride and will be catered by Cracker Barrel. Cookies and sweets will be provided by Sara’s Sweets. Lunch will be accompanied by live jazz music featuring saxophonist Chuck Summers. Each runner will also receive a $20 discount coupon for a massage at Perennial Glow Spa in Lima.
A total of 53 local sponsors made cash or in-kind donations of equal value this year to support the event, including 13 Tier 1 sponsors ($1,000 each), 15 Tier 2 sponsors ($500), 15 Tier 3 Sponsors ($250) and 10 Tier 4 Sponsors ($150).
Typically, the event raises over $20,000 a year to support the organization.
Companies or individuals interested in sponsoring next year’s River Ride can contact the Rally Point Youth Center by calling 419-229-4444.
For more information about the event, visit rallyup.org.
David Pauff from Lima starts his early morning ride with Team Roadrunners at the Rally Point River Ride in June 2020.
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