Ride United Along the Lakeshore June 16
BY CHRISTINE ROBERE, PRESIDENT AND CEO, UNITED WAY OF THE LAKESHORE
Choose your distance. Ride your bike. Benefit your community.
United Way of the Lakeshore’s seventh annual Ride United bike event will take place June 16, 2018. DTE Energy first brought the event to the lakeshore in 2012 to promote and support United Way’s health programs. Since then, Ride United has grown each year, with more and more riders from outside of the area joining us to enjoy our beautiful lakeshore routes.
This year, riders will bike six, 25, 50, and 100 mile routes that begin and end at the corner of Third and Clay in downtown Muskegon, also the site of the annual Taste of Muskegon event.
“We are delighted to partner with Taste of Muskegon again this year for our finish line party. Ride United participants enjoyed the festival vibe added by the combined events. The food, music and festivities will just be getting started in Hackley Park as 25 mile riders start to reach the finish line and will continue throughout the day until our last 100 mile rider returns,” shared Jana Routt, United Way’s Labor Liaison and Ride United coordinator. Ride United participants will receive 10 tickets to Taste of Muskegon with their registration.
Century riders will head off at 8:00 a.m. to bike a scenic 100 mile route along lakeshore roads and portions of the Hart-Montague Bike Trail, heading to Silver Lake before looping back to downtown Muskegon.
The 25 mile route will take riders to Pioneer Park in North Muskegon, with 50 mile riders continuing on to the White Lake Chamber of Commerce depot.
The six mile riders will follow the bike trail to North Muskegon and back; this is a great distance if you have kids who want to ride. The six, 25 and 50 mile routes leave at 9:00 a.m.
To learn more and get registered, visit RideMI.org. Registration is $35 with a wicking shirt or $75 with a professional rider jersey. Proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation and Nowak Machine Products, along with ARCONIC, Meijer, Mercy Health, Access Health, and Smith, Haughey, Rice, & Roegge, will benefit programs that promote healthy and safe families in Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties.
United Way of the Lakeshore is uniting to inspire change and build thriving communities. Our Bold Goal – 10,000 more working families meet their basic needs by 2025. For more information, contact United Way of the Lakeshore at (231) 722-3134. Learn more about United Way of the Lakeshore at UnitedWayLakeshore.org, like the organization on Facebook and receive up to date information from Twitter at twitter.com/uwlakeshore.