Triangle Cycling Events Support Local Charities
Cycling is a clean, green, fun form of exercise. Families who enjoy getting fit and healthy can spin their wheels together this month in two fundraising events that benefit local charities.
The Habitat Bull Moon Bike Ride on Saturday, July 16, gives kids ages 10 and older a chance to pedal with their parents and the Durham Bulls' mascot Wool E. Bull. Participants start the ride at 8:30 p.m. at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and meander 10 miles through the streets of downtown Durham. More adventurous cyclists can also join an 8-mile group trail ride that loops through south Durham and the American Tobacco Trail. All bikers return to the ballpark for a celebration featuring live music, food and drinks.
Proceeds support Habitat for Humanity of Durham and its efforts to build homes for families in need. Cyclists younger than 18 must ride with a parent or guardian. Advance registration fees are $30 for adults and $15 for kids. These rates are valid online at www.durhamhabitat.org/volunteer/bike.html through Tuesday, July 12. Participants may register at the event for an extra $5 fee. The Durham Bulls Athletic Park is at 409 Blackwell St., Durham.
The RBC Center in Raleigh hosts the first Canes Cycling Club Classic Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit three charities: Kids 'N Community Foundation, N.C. Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis and le Tour de Femme. The event is open to riders of all ages and skill levels, and families choose one of the three organizations to support when registering.
Kids 12 and younger can ride the Trikes and Bikes course, take part in a rodeo to learn bike safety and maneuvers, and enjoy games, inflatables, street hockey and a display of vintage bicycles. More proficient cyclists can bike the 1.1-mile course around the RBC Center as often as they like, attend a cycling clinic, receive a free massage, have their bikes repaired and more.
The registration fee is $30 in advance and $35 on event day. Kids 12 and younger are admitted free. Visit www.canescyclingclassic.com for more information. The RBC Center is located at 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh.