Local cyclists will have a chance to show off their athletic skills and raise money for at-risk kids and teens during a massive bike ride this fall.
Nonprofit Run Hope Work is set to host Bike to Brooklyn, a 267-mile bike ride where cyclists will travel from BicycleSPACE (2424 18th St. NW) in Adams Morgan to Brooklyn on the weekend of Oct. 8 and 9.
Early Saturday morning, riders will start the grueling ride to New York City. Along the way, they’ll stop for food and rest, including a visit Philadelphia to meet up with more cyclists, Harrison said.
While the end goal is to ride all the way to Brooklyn, the journey doesn’t end there. Upon arriving, participants will able to enter the 13-mile Staten Island Half marathon, according to the event’s organizers.
“They’re going to be going on a ride of a lifetime,” said Kate Harrison, executive director of Run Hope Work.
Though a dozen people made the inaugural Bike to Brooklyn ride last year, at least 60 to 75 bicyclists are expected to participate this year, Harrison said.
To join the ride, cyclists must pay $200 and raise an additional $750 for Run Hope Work. If they don’t manage to raise the total amount, they will be responsible for paying the rest, Harrison said. However, Harrison added she believes the price and the risk of having to pay $750 is worth it when you factor in the included jersey, entry into the Staten Island Half Marathon, meals and planned parties.
Plus, attendees will appear in a documentary film about this year’s ride, Harrison said. And, of course, she added, they also stand to make the world a better place by raising money for at-risk kids and teens.
The organization will host training rides and open registration periods at the Ivy City BicycleSPACE (1512 Okie St. NE) throughout August and September.
Photo courtesy of Kate Harrison