Get the family ready to ride the Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Century Ride, which has everything from a century bike ride to a family fun ride and even includes a health fair.
The inaugural event takes place Sunday, Oct. 19, with a 100-, 56-, or 15-mile ride as well as a Children’s Bike Rodeo and Family Fun Ride. The rides begin and end at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville and the paved routes wind through the county and include views of Annapolis, the Severn River, southern Anne Arundel County, BWI airport and more.
“Lifeline100 came about through a shared vision among Anne Arundel County Police, Recreation & Parks, BikeAAA and the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition to bring a healthy, safe and fun activity to our community,” says Jon Korin, president of Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. “We designed the range of rides from 1 mile to 100 miles to address all ages and abilities… BikeAAA sees Lifeline100 as a vital way to show the community the health, environmental, traffic-reducing and economic benefits of bicycling for both transportation and recreation.”
There will also be a Make Health Happen Community Health Fair at Kinder Farm Park during and after the ride from 11 a.m.-2p.m. Families can learn about healthy programs, activities, events and organizations available throughout Anne Arundel County. Exhibitors will feature booths with interactive displays, raffled giveaways and information about health and wellness.
The Bike Rodeo for ages 4 to 10 will include a short bike safety check, helmet instruction and safe riding tips followed by a kids’ obstacle riding course. The rodeo takes about 30 minutes and families can sign up for a time slot on the BikeAAA website.
After the rodeo families can ride a 1-mile paved loop trail inside the park. Children are encouraged to bring bikes, but there will be a limited number of loaners for the rodeo. Older kids are encouraged to sign up for the 15-mile bike ride.
Cost is $50 for the century, $40 for the 56-mile ride and $25 for the 15-mile ride. The Bike Rodeo and Family Fun Ride are free. For details and to register visit bikeaaa.org/lifeline-100.
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