Friday, March 17, 2017

Cyclists Biking 300 miles across Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        Contact: Lisa Pierce, (334) 501-4276 or cycle@arm-al.org

 

3 Days, 3 States, 300 Miles-Cyclists Cross Alabama to Raise Funds for Poverty Housing Alleviation

OPELIKA – Friday,  March 17, 2017 –

From Friday, April 21st-April 23, 10-12 cyclists will be crossing Alabama to raise awareness about the housing needs in some of the poorest areas of our country, while raising money for home repairs in Lee, Macon and Sumter counties. Their ride will cover 100 miles a day for three days and is a triple century challenge.

The Eighth Annual Cycle of Service benefits Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM), a home-repair ministry based in Opelika and working through the Black Belt of Alabama. Most of the households ARM serves are led by the elderly, disabled or single parents who live on limited or fixed incomes. ARM is also providing repair for our veterans” said Lisa Pierce, ARM’s executive director. ARM also hosts two free summer day camps for underserved children in Livingston and Tuskegee.

This year’s goal is to raise $25,000, which will be applied to the cost of purchasing the construction materials the organization uses in repairing homes for up to 30 families, Pierce said. We are also renovating a community outreach center in Tuskegee, Alabama. Riders are currently gaining sponsors and it is not too late to register to ride at www.active.com or our website.

Donors can contribute to the cause now and throughout the three-day event by credit card at http://cycleofservice.arm-al.org 

Bikers participating in the Cycle of Service will ride for five to eight hours a day. Profiles of the riders can be found at http://cycleofservice.arm-al.org   The ride begins at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Livingston United Methodist Church in Livingston, Alabama, and will end Sunday afternoon at Auburn United Methodist Church.

Some riders will participate all three days, while others will join various legs of the ride, mostly along U.S. 80: Below is the basic route

Day 1: Livingston to Selma

Day 2: Selma to Tuskegee

Day 3: Tuskegee to GA state line and GA state line to Auburn

There are two other rider options:

One Day Sunday Century April 23rd. The ride begins in Tuskegee at 8:00am and will end at Auburn United Methodist. Cyclists will join the Triple Century Riders

Virtual Rider/Spin Class Competition: Local gyms in Auburn/Opelika will be challenging their spin classes to each log 300 miles from April 1-May 31st.  They can do this in the spin classes, stationary bike, or riding in their neighborhood. These cyclists will also gain sponsors. The Sports Plex in Opelika, Moore’s Mill Gym, and Health Plus are participating gyms. There is a $25 registration and an app that must be downloaded to track miles.

For more information about the ride event, go to http://cycleofservice.arm-al.org  or www.facebook.com/Bikebama