12th Annual Event Returns September 5

Give Hope RideNext month, the Fishers YMCA will host the 12th annual Give Hope Ride event. Give Hope Ride is a bicycle-focused race organized to benefit the multiple programs at the YMCA of Fishers, Indiana. Give Hope Ride is all part of an effort to make membership available to all residents in the Fishers community. The purpose is to bring together bike enthusiasts for a fun morning of riding while allowing them to do something charitable for others. Some of attendees are casual cyclists, while others have joined coaching programs in an effort to increase their skill and potential to eventually compete in the sport.

The event will occur Labor Day, Monday, September 5th at Olio Fields Park (14181 East 126th Street, Fishers, IN). Featuring rides of 20-, 44-, or 63-mile courses, this ride includes routes for everyone from families or beginners to the seasoned, serious competitive cyclist. 

The first community Give Hope Ride in 2013 was the culmination of four previous Memorial Day bike rides hosted by Fishers residents, John and Peg Wright. The Wrights hosted their first bike ride out of their home in 2009. Then in 2010, the couple began using the event to raise donations for St. Jude Research Hospital. In 2015, the couple was pleased to have the event benefit the Fishers YMCA. The Fishers Y offers a wide range of community-focused programs aimed at promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. One invaluable program to which this fundraiser contributes is Livestrong® at the YMCA for cancer survivors. Among other positive, life-changing programs are diabetes prevention classes, youth development education, overnight and summer camps, and many more.

On-site registration and packet pick-up will begin at 7:00 AM. The rides will leave from Olio Fields Park at 8:15 a.m. and riders can choose among the various course lengths charted through Fishers and the surrounding area. All rides will be non-timed and non-competitive and riders will be expected to obey all applicable traffic laws. You can register for the event through visiting the Fishers YMCA website, or directly at www.bikesignup.com/Race/Events/IN/Fishers/GiveHopeRide. 

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