For the City Times
On Saturday, August 8th, after biking either 4, 13, 20, or 62 miles over 300 participants of all ages crossed the finish line to support the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County at their 7th annual Bike-a-thon held at AIG/Travel Guard in Stevens Point.
Promoting health and wellness for the youth of Portage County, this family-friendly event began early Saturday morning with the 62-mile riders heading out at 7:30 a.m. and concluded with the 4-mile Rich Johnson Family Ride leaving at 10:00 a.m.
Throughout the four different routes, participants could take a break at the various rest stops where they were provided with water and nutritious snacks for energy. All riders completed the ride safely with the help of about 70 volunteers, police and EMS support who supervised the busy intersections and rode behind the last rider on each route.
Children who crossed the finish line were rewarded with medals, and the ride was followed by games, music, face painting, individual and team awards, and a free lunch provided by Subway and Team Schierl Companies.
“We had a great turn-out for the event this year and are so thankful to have the support of the surrounding community,” said Brittany Melby, BGC Director of Marketing and Development. “Each year, this event continues to grow and we can only hope this event will continue to inspire Boys & Girls Club members to lead healthy lifestyles. We are so grateful for everyone who came out to show support for our local youth through this fun and safe family-friendly event.”
The BGC also thanks AIG/Travel Guard for hosting the event and all of the community sponsors, police, EMS, volunteers, teams, and participants for making this year’s Bike-a-thon a successful and rewarding event that raised over $25,000 for the daily programs that happen at the Boys & Girls Club.
The funds raised from the Bike-a-thon will support daily programming at the Boys & Girls Club. Donations and participation in the event help support programs such as Healthy Habits, a cooking program that provides healthy free snacks, lunches and breakfasts, the LEAP reading program, Power Hour homework help, Triple Play sports activities and Fine Arts.
For more information regarding the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County or this event visit www.bgclubpc.org.