RIDERS OF ALL varieties get ready to roll out during last year’s Ride To Remember. The event, sponsored by the Bluffton Lions Foundation, will take place July 20 this year and offer four separate routes for participants. (Photo provided)

The Bluffton Lions Foundation will host the Fifth annual Ride to Remember on Saturday, July 20, starting at the Bluffton Family Recreation Center, 215 Snider Road. Cyclists can participate in four offered routes that feature points of interest around Bluffton, ranging in distance from two to 63 miles.

Check-in and registration are from 6 to 9 a.m., with routes open from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Bluffton Pathways Project. Individual registration is $30.

“Last year, we drew more than 200 riders,” said Dick Ramseyer, chair of the event. “We hope to add even more riders this year and are offering a lot of perks to attract them.”

The four routes offered are:

• The Town Loop: A two mile tour of the village, cyclists can ride through and explore downtown Bluffton and Bluffton University. The loop ends at the community pool for a free swim.

• The Fun Loop: Great for young families and new cyclists, this 10-mile loop features 10 riddle stops. Portions of the trail use Bluffton’s bicycle paths.

• The Main Loop: This 63-mile loop is designed for recreational riders. Cut-offs are provided at 13, 18, 23, 40, 50 and 56 miles.

• The Bold Loop: A separate 37-mile loop through Ada and Lafayette, riders can combine this loop with the Main Loop for a 100-mile ride.

All routes share the same opening mile, and a mass start will be held at 8 a.m. A group start for those riding 100 or more miles will be held at 7 a.m. Cyclists can complete the Triplett Challenge by riding all four loops for a total of 112 miles.

The first 250 riders will receive a swag bag filled with items and coupons from local businesses. Riders will also receive an $8 lunch coupon for participating vendors, as well as free swimming, showers and entertainment. A commemorative T-shirt is offered at registration.

Thanks to proceeds from the four previous rides, four of 10 planned miles of the Bluffton Pedestrian and Bike Pathway have been built. The pathway has improved access to the Riverbend and Parkview subdivisions, Maple Crest Senior Living Village, Buckeye Lake and Village Parks and restaurants and businesses on Ohio 103. In all, Bluffton has more than 9 miles of paved, crushed aggregate, mulched and natural trails.

For more information, contact Ramseyer at demart@roadrunner.com or Raymond and Liz at Bike Crazy by calling 419-659-2916. Online registration is available at ridetoremember.net.

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