Ride for Alive! bicycle race becomes community festival

— So much food and beverage has been donated to the event by local businesses and the community has been so supportive, in fact, that the Foundation has decided to invite the public to come to the ride start/end location at the American Legion Post to participate even if they are not riding, Wamp said.

Food and drinks will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with live music from 2 to 4 p.m. by Dusty Pascal and Friends. The public will be asked to pay $10 per adult and $5 per child to enter and eat; riders and volunteers eat for free. All money raised from the public attendance will go directly to the Alive! Foundation to support its mission.

The “Ride for Alive!” will begin at 6 a.m. for check-in, breakfast and team photos. At 7:30 a.m., all cancer survivors participating in the event either as riders or volunteers will take part in the Lap of Honor around the American Legion loop driveway. All rides begin at 8 a.m.

Riders, participating as individuals or as teams, will have chosen to ride the 10, 25, 50 or 100-mile courses during the event. Each ride will highlight certain aspects of the three lakes in the area, Skaneateles, Owasco and Otisco. There will be aid stations every 20 miles with restrooms, snacks, drinks, first aid and bicycle mechanics.

All participants must get sponsors and raise money for their rides. Each distance has a required minimum amount of $500 for adults and $250 for students. There is also a registration fee.

For more information or to register for the Ride for Alive! event, visit rideforalive.org.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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