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Put your paws on the pedals on May 21

April 28, 2017 GMT

It seemed like 8.5 miles was the perfect distance for last year’s Pedal for Paws Bike Ride, which benefits Paws-itive Partners in North Platte.

But the ride from the North Platte Recreation Complex to the Golden Spike Tower and Visitors Center was still a bit short for some competitive riders, said Jo Mayber, a member of Paws-itive Partners and event co-chair.

The event on May 21 will feature a somewhat longer trail on the ride back from the tower, “for the overmotivated riders,” Mayber said with a laugh.

Regardless of whether riders want the 8.5-mile trail or the 10-mile ride back, they must register by May 4 if they want to receive a T-shirt. Registration is $5 per rider, and the money helps low-income families spay and neuter their pets.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. May 21 at the Rec Center and the ride starts at 9 a.m.

The event includes a fundraising competition. The rider who collects the most donations in advance will be honored at the ride.


Last year’s event was new to Paws-itive Partners.

“We did it just for fun,” Mayber said. “It was so well-received and successful in the number of riders, we decided to do it again.”

She said that last year the first riders returned to the Rec Center in about 35 minutes, and a couple of others rode the route a second time.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Mayber said.