Fourth annual Bike Ride for the Kids to support Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley
Participants are encouraged to join an endurance cycling event and family-friendly bike ride to support Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley on Sunday, Sept. 8.
Cyclists can choose to ride 100 miles, 50 miles, 25 miles or 12 miles. A Family Fun Ride and pedal parade starts at 1 p.m., followed by the finish line celebration. All rides start and end at Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley, 799 S. McLean Blvd., Elgin.
The Bike for the Kids event will support Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley. Participants can choose a distance and celebrate at the finish line with refreshments and family-friendly entertainment. All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. Adapted bikes, trailers and wheels of all kinds are welcome. Cost is $50, or $15 for the kid-friendly ride.
Check-in and race-day registration opens at 6 a.m. with the course opening at 6:30 a.m. The suggested start time for the 100-mile ride is no later than 7:30 a.m.
The kid-friendly ride is updated as a third-mile loop in a closed parking lot around the Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley Elgin center, 799 S. McLean Blvd.
Riders will earn a token for each loop they complete that can be redeemed for kid-friendly prizes.
Bike for the Kids will support the work of Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley to create limitless possibilities for infants, children and adults with developmental delays and disabilities and ensure they have the therapies and programs they need to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
The day also will include a special adapted bike giveaway so that eight children with disabilities can enjoy cycling with their family and friends.
These adapted bikes are part of the Jonathan Goers Adapted Bike Program, established to share Jonathan's joy of biking with children who have developmental delays and/or disabilities and may not otherwise have the opportunity to ride or own a bicycle. The program will provide the child with an adapted bicycle free.
"These adaptive bikes will help many children enjoy the independence of mobility and take part in a fun activity with friends and family. As a parent with special needs children, I know the impact bike riding has to a child's development. A child's first bike enriches their health and social development to grow alongside their peers," said Theresa Forthofer, CEO and president of Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley.
For more information, visit www.easterseals.com/dfv/.