YMCA bike event to benefit financial assistance


Hundreds of area cyclists and families are expected to participate in the YMCA of the Brandywine Valley's annual Benefit Bike Ride on Saturday, July 20. Proceeds from the event benefit the Y's financial assistance programs. This fun day out features bike rides for all ages and fitness levels. Riders can choose to cycle the full 80 mile course, or choose distances of 40, 25 or 15 miles. Riders on the 15 through 80-mile course receive full Support and Gear (SAG) support. A family-friendly course provides riding options for youth. Refreshments will be available before and after the ride.

The ride begins at the West Chester Area YMCA, 605 Airport Road, West Chester or at Unionville Elementary School, 1775 West Doe Run Road, Kennett Square.

Proceeds from the ride support the financial assistance programs of the West Chester, Kennett and Jennersville YMCAs, which enable the Y to provide free or reduced-fee memberships, childcare, camp and other programs to the community. In 2012, the Benefit Bike Ride raised more than $35,000 for financial assistance. The event is presented by Stillman Volvo.

Advance registration is available at www.wcaybikeride.com or the day of the event. Registration opens at 7 am on July 20.

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