BLUFFTON — The Bluffton Lions Foundation will host the sixth annual Ride to Remember in a virtual format this summer.

The public ride that was scheduled for July 11 will now be a ride that cyclists complete on their own, anytime through the end of July. Maps with routes will be provided, but riders may also complete routes in their own communities or through spinning indoors. The registration fee will be a donation to the Bluffton Pathways Project and will be collected during the online registration process.

“This year, we want to encourage all riders to continue to exercise, while maintaining social distancing,” said Ron Headings, chairman of the event. “There will be no mass start or rest stops, but the Bluffton Pathways Project will benefit from riders’ donations.”

Route options will range in distance from the 10-mile fun loop to the 64-mile main loop with cutoffs at 23, 46 and 56 miles. Riders are encouraged to take photos and use the hashtag #BRTR2020 on social media during or at the end of the ride. Photos can be shared on the Bluffton Ride to Remember Facebook page, or tag @RidetoRememberBlufftonOH.

Routes are on scenic, flat, paved roads and feature points of interest such as the Bluffton University Nature Preserve and the villages of Rockport, Pandora, Gilboa, Benton Ridge and Rawson, as well the city of Ottawa. Upon completion, riders will be mailed a T-shirt and a certificate.

Thanks in part to proceeds from the previous rides, the Bluffton Lions Way Pedestrian and Bike Pathway Project has over four of 10 planned paved miles already open. These paths provide safe access to the university’s nature preserve; Riverbend, Parkview and Riley Creek subdivisions; Magnolia Lane Condominiums; Maple Crest Senior Living Village; Buckeye Lake; village parks and restaurants; and businesses on Ohio 103. In all, Bluffton offers more than nine miles of paved, crushed aggregate, mulched and natural trails.

Visit ridetoremember.net for more information and to sign up, or contact Headings at ronheadings@gmail.com or Raymond and Liz at Bike Crazy, 419-659-2916.

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