May-June 1998 Newsletter
Run, Walk, Bike to Prevent Blindnessby Dick Keith
In June of 1997 Southern Indiana Wheelmen and Facility One (Indiana Army Ammunition Plant at Charlestown, Indiana) put on the first “Fat Tire Ride.” Any type of bicycle could be used. It attracted over 400 happy riders, including bicycle riders as old as 5 and young as 82. One participant came from as far away as San Francisco, Ca!
Immediately after the event, Facility One asked that we do the “Second Annual Fat Tire Ride” in 1998, and though we knew there were areas that needed improvement, we promised to make the event even better this year! The bike routes will have few or no cars, and this year there will be five different routes, an opportunity to ride a century, raise money for charity, all while having fun. The date is Sunday, June 28, 1998, The time is all day. Begin whenever you like between 7:30 am and 2:00 pm and ride as long as you wish.
Not only is there a bicycle ride, but there is a 5K run, and a Walk-a-thon to Prevent Blindness at no additional cost to you. Cherokee Road Runners will ensure that the “little dipper” 5K Run is well-managed. There will be no cars or bikes on this racecourse. Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 places in age groups for both men and women, and of course, additional trophies to the over-all winners. Check-in from 7:30 am to race at 8:30. Bizer’s Vision World is the primary sponsor of the walk-a-thon and will make certain that all 3 events are very well managed. Bring your friends—we want a lot of people!
For your comfort and convenience, there will be on-route water and snack SAGs as well as port-a-pots. All routes bring you back to the main SAG. Kroger Catering will again provide for FREE: bagels, muffins, orange juice, whole fruit, pretzels, chips, granola bars, cookies, water, iced tea, lemonade, soft drinks, etc. All day long. What a deal!
The registration fee will be kept to a minimum to encourage as many people as possible to join in on the fun. This is a great event for families and a rare opportunity for everyone to play on these guarded grounds, which have been OFF-LIMIT since 1940. Lucky us! T-shirt sales are optional and their proceeds go to Prevent Blindness. Mark your calendars now. Clear the whole day, June 28, 1998. Call Bob Peters (812) 948-BIKE for more information.
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Web posted: 27 April 1998
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