INAUGURAL WILLKIE DAYS (“5 in 50”) COVERED BRIDGE BICYCLE RIDE
133 West 3rd street
Rushville indiana, 46173
To: 09/15/2018 03:00PM
ANNOUNCING THE INAUGURAL WILLKIE DAYS (“5 in 50”) COVERED BRIDGE BICYCLE RIDE
Sponsorship and Volunteer Opportunities Available
Rushville – David W. Willkie along with The Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation, Rush County Heritage Inc., Rush County Community Foundation and the Rush County Chamber of Commerce announce the “Willkie Days Covered Bridge Bicycle Ride” also known as the “5 in 50” will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018, as an added part of the annual Rush County Chamber of Commerce Willkie Days celebration.
This inaugural cycling event starts in Rushville and includes 12-mile, 24-mile and 50-mile routes. The 50-mile route will take bicycle riders through five historic covered bridges and five additional Rush County towns (Arlington, Homer, Gowdy, Moscow and Milroy).
In discussing the ride, David said, “The event is designed as a tourism opportunity to promote local businesses while encouraging active living and physical fitness in Rush County. The ride will showcase the beauty of Rush County and its historic covered bridges.” All proceeds will go to local Rush County charities.
The ride is planned to start at the beginning of the Willkie Days Parade. Rest, support and gear (SAG) stops will be located in each town on the 50-mile route as well as at each covered bridge. Following the ride, participants and guests are invited to attend the “Live at the Levee” free concert at the Rushville Amphitheater featuring John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.
Community members are invited to cheer on riders throughout the course, and riders will have the opportunity to vote on the town that demonstrates the best of Rush County hospitality after the ride.
A variety of sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact Terri Wall (317-457-8715) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Proceeds from the ride will benefit local Rush County charities.
A special thanks goes out to the Rush County Commissioners, Highway Department, EMA, Sherriff’s Department, the City of Rushville, and Police Department along with our many volunteers for their help and support.
The “5 in 50” is the brainchild of David Willkie, who is organizing the inaugural event as a way to honor his mother, Virginia, who died last year and was an avid Rush County bicyclist. The grandson of Wendell Willkie, David is principle of Willkie Ventures, a specialty finance company based in Rushville. He is a former staff member for U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar. David is an endurance athlete and bicyclist.
(Above text copied from the City of Rushville’s Facebook page)
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