ReidRide 11 to roll July 13 with new, shorter option
When the 11th ReidRide rolls onto Reid Parkway on July 13, hundreds of riders are expected to join in for fun and a good cause as they launch into either the 25-mile or new 14-mile course with family and friends.
say the true impact and sometimes overwhelming emotion of the annual event
comes later, when hundreds of area kids get fitted with a pair of new athletic
shoes. "We couldn't provide all these shoes without the support of our generous
donors and sponsors of Reid Ride each year," said Justin Burkhardt, Director of
Reid Foundation, which puts on the event.
ReidRide has provided funding over 11 years to give out
more than 12,000 pairs of shoes to kids across the multi-county region served
by Reid Health, Burkhardt said. He said volunteers at the distributions over
the years have shared numerous heart-warming stories. Some children have
arrived wearing worn out flip flops or shoes with holes in them. Others have
arrived in shoes that did not fit properly. Kids leave with a new pair of
shoes, properly fitted.
"We are very
grateful for all who participate and/or donate to Reid Ride -- they (the
donors) truly make this possible."
Burkhardt said the main significant change for 2019 is the
addition of a second route, 14 miles in length. At the start, all riders will proceed
west on Industries Road. Riders will then merge onto the Cardinal Greenway,
then head north, into northwest Wayne County.
Riders who choose the 14-mile route will be guided to
turn right from the Cardinal Greenway onto Pleasant Plain Road, then south on Flatley
Road, then east on Tingler Road, then joining all riders south on Union Pike,
to Industries Road, returning east to the Reid main campus.
Riders who choose the 25-mile route will
continue north to the Williamsburg trail head, then east on Fountain City Pike
which will take them through the middle of Fountain City and all the way to
Arba Pike. Riders will then head south on Arba Pike, turn right onto Martin
Road, then left onto Tingler Road. After crossing US 27 riders will continue on
Tingler until they reach Union Pike. Riders will continue south on Union Pike
until they reach Industries and then they will continue east up the Industries
Road hill and end at Reid Health. Maps of both routes can be found at www.ReidRide.org.
When ReidRide began in 2009 with less than 200 riders on a rainy morning at Petro truck stop, Burkhardt said he doesn't think anyone knew just how much the ride would grow over the years. He believes the great organization of the event, the family atmosphere and wonderful volunteers are what keep it popular.
"This is not
a race. This is an opportunity to safely see and ride Wayne County. It's a
wellness event. And more importantly, this supports a great cause," he said.
hoping for from 500 to 1000 riders. He said the event has wonderful support
from sheriff's, fire and police departments, who help maintain traffic safety.
He encourages drivers to keep the ride and route in mind as well.
starts at 7:30 a.m., with registration starting at 6:30 a.m. To sign up for, or
to donate to the cause, visit: www.ReidRide.org.
"This is not a race. This is an opportunity to safely see and ride Wayne County. It's a wellness event. And more importantly, this supports a great cause."