|2013 Canal Locks and Bagels 4th annual Family Fun Bike Ride set|
|Thursday, August 08, 2013 12:00 AM|
ST. MARYS — “Saturday August 31, 2013, will be a great day for a bike ride,” said Mike Lynch, project chairman of the Canal Locks and Bagels 2013 Family Fun Bicycle Ride being held in St. Marys.
Last year, many riders enjoyed beautiful weather in support of people with disabilities. This year, the ride routes have expanded and include a 14-, 25- and 37-mile course, which combined total 62 miles, a ‘Metric Century’. The Family Fun Ride is co-sponsored by the Auglaize County Revolution Bike Club, as well as being endorsed by the Grand Lake Health System’s Road to Fitness Challenge.
Preregistration is now open at a cost of only $20 until Aug. 23. After that date, the fee is $25. Registration can be done online at speedy-feet.com or by mailing registration forms to Capabilities Inc, 124 S. Front Street, St. Marys OH 45885.
Many businesses and bike shops have the registration form, or it can be obtained by calling Capabilities 419-394-0003 or visiting their website capabilitiesinc.biz.
Registration the day of the ride starts at 7:30 a.m. at the High Street Shelter House located at 120 E. High St. in St Marys. The ride trails open at 8 a.m. and closes at noon. Same-day registration will be from 7:30-10 a.m.
Your registration fees include a goody bag to the first 100 riders: bagels, coffee, juice, bottled water, yogurt, lunch and admission to the Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen. Maps and printed directions will be available along the three marked loop trails. Trail marshals will be available for roadside assistance and a SAG wagon will be covering the courses.
Rides will have the choice of either a 14-, 25- or 37-mile loop trail. Completing all loop trails completes a 62 metric century. All courses begin and end at the High Street Shelterhouse in St. Marys and are paved, flat surfaces.
The 14-mile “Aqueduct Loop” passes the state fish hatchery, the banks of the Miami-Erie Canal featuring the Aqueduct where the canal passes over the St Marys River. The ride continues through KC Geiger Park, Memorial Park and concludes at Lock 13.
The 25-mile “Lock 1 Loop” features the Aqueduct Loop and passes Lock 1, the 1864 iron bridge, the Lock Keepers House and the Bicycle Museum of America (admission included) in New Bremen. Restrooms and refreshments will be provided at the museum.
The new 37-mile “Fort Amanda Loop” travels north out of St. Marys, passing over the canal at 40 Acre Pond, travels through the Irish community of Glynwood and the railroad town of Buckland. Continue to the War of 1812 Fort Amanda State Park to the notorious canal town of Kossuth. Restrooms and refreshments will be available.
After completing the loops, all riders will be treated to a German-inspired meal in honor of the German immigrants who built these sections of the canal.
The local Aktion Club, a branch of Kiwanis for persons with disabilities, will be serving coffee, bagels, yogurt, fruit and donuts before the ride. They will also be serving free water and yogurt after the ride, compliments of Grand Lake Health System and the Dannon Company.
Proceeds from this charity event will be used by Capabilities Charitable Fund, Inc., a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation, to help people with disabilities locate and keep jobs.
This event is co-sponsored by the Revolution Cycling Team of Wapakoneta. They remind all riders to always ride with the flow of traffic. The use of bicycling helmets is mandatory on all Revolution Cycling Team sponsored events.
Lynch concluded by saying “This is not a race but an opportunity for the entire family to enjoy the beautiful weather, the beauty of the 40 Acre Pond, the Bicycle Museum of America and the history of the canal.” It is also a time to enjoy good food and to help raise awareness and funds for people with disabilities.