For the past 19 years, Bike to the Bridge has been a family-friendly way to have fun while getting some exercise and raising money for a great cause — Cancer Assistance of Williams County (CAWC).
This year, to mark the 20th annual ride, the goal is to raise $15,000 for CAWC, a locally based 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides financial and other assistance strictly to Williams County residents with needs related to their cancer diagnosis.
“A lot of people have goals when they ride or when they exercise. Our goal is to raise $15,000 this year,” according to Bike to the Bridge organizer Mike Kurivial.
This year the ride is on Saturday, Aug. 1, and begins at the location of CAWC’s office, at 1425 E. High St., Bryan, (Williams County Community Offices/East Annex building).
The ride is open to anyone and everyone with a bicycle.
Online-only registration is at www.b2tb.club, or on the event page at: https://eventsframe.com/e/oEmGG9flm/bike-to-the-bridge-2020/.
Whereas in the past all riders began at the same time, this year riders can head out anytime between 7-9 a.m. There are four different routes (with different entry fees) — a five-mile ride ($10 each or $20 for a family of three or more), 10-mile ride ($10), 25-mile ride ($25) and 50-mile ride ($35), with the routes and other information available on the events page.
There will be plenty of free refreshments and support vehicles — called SAGs, or Support and Gear — along the routes until 1 p.m. to assist riders with any issues, such as a flat tire, that riders might face.
Besides exercise and raising funds, participants ride in memory of a loved one who has been diagnosed or has passed from the disease that claims more than 600,000 Americans every year.
Begun in 1997, Cancer Assistance of Williams County serves as a “bridge” in providing assistance to Williams County residents with a cancer diagnosis that family or insurance cannot or doesn’t cover, such as transportation to doctors’ appointments, co-pays, help with the cost of medicines, financial assistance and even lodging, Kurivial said.
Sponsors help raise the majority of funds and this year they include First Insurance Group, Parkview, United Healthcare, Fountain City Veterinary, Fountain City Hosting and Williams Aerial.
“It’s a fun, family day. And a great way to raise money for a local non-profit that does a lot for the community,” Kurivial said.