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It’s about much more than the bike

August 24, 2016 GMT

The inaugural Butler County ½ Century Bicycle Ride is set for Saturday, Sept. 24, beginning at the City Park in David City. Riding the hills and valleys of Butler County is the fun part, but the ride is about much more than scenery, fresh air and exercise.

The non-competitive ride is a fundraiser, with 100 percent of proceeds going to organizations that strengthen the families and youth of Butler County.

Proceeds will benefit Blue Valley Community Action (BVCA), the coalition Butler Believes in Youth and Community (BBYC), and the Butler County TeamMates program, which all depend on involvement from volunteer leaders and workers to meet their goals. Volunteers from all three organizations are pitching in to help with the ride, from planning to route marking and providing snacks and water to the riders on the day of the ride.

Local sponsors have stepped up in a major way to help cover the cost of marketing the ride and promoting Butler County as a great place to visit and live.

Beginning in the morning at the City Park, the tour will provide three ride lengths: 4 miles for children (in town), 22 miles to Brainard and back, and a 57-mile route that goes to Abie, Prague (Czechland Lake) and Brainard before returning to David City. The longest route includes the heart of the Bohemian Alps, showcasing the area’s late summer beauty.

Safety for all riders is the top goal for this event. Caution signs will be in place to alert drivers, and the route will be well marked, with special attention to hazards. Highway traffic will not be heavy, since the Nebraska football team has an away game.

The ride to Brainard is manageable, even for beginners. Those taking the longest route may want to prepare by training and increasing the length of their rides. If you haven’t been riding your bike much, there’s still plenty of time to get the legs in shape for this ride. Remember, it’s not a race. Make sure your bike is tuned up to prevent any breakdowns on the road.

Get involved

Riders can still get a free ride T-shirt if they register by Sept. 1.

Registration for the ride is $35 for individuals and $50 for families.

For more information about the Butler County ½ Century Bicycle Ride, email: butlercountyhalfcentury@gmail.com, or check out the ride’s Facebook page or visit the ride’s website at butlercountyhalfcenturybicycleride.org. Stay tuned for future updates.