EATON — The 13th annual Buckeye Bridges Ride will take place Saturday, June 25, benefiting Preble County 4-H. The competitive, countywide bicycle tour, which includes four of the region’s historic covered bridges, begins at 7 a.m. at the Eaton Athletic & Wellness Stadium (600 Hillcrest Drive.)
The ride offers participants three different riding routes, allowing riders to choose between 18, 27, or 45 mile trips, as well as the choice to do a pleasure ride or compete with other riders in a timed race. The timed event begins at 7 a.m., with pleasure rides receiving staggered start times from 7:15 a.m. to the last start time of 10 a.m.
The timed ride comes with the “Buckeye Challenge.” Three SAG stops will be placed along the timed ride path; at each stop, 4-H will offer treats, fruit, and drinks, as well as two large — as in fist-sized — buckeye candies. For each buckeye consumed (and kept down) riders will receive a 10-minute deduction from their overall ride time. At the end of the event, the rider with the best adjusted ‘buckeye time’ will be awarded a $50 dinner gift card, and more buckeyes to take home.
The overall fastest rider will win a $250 voucher from Bikewise of Oxford.
Pre-registration costs are $35 for the Buckeye Challenge, $25 for the pleasure ride, and $10 for youth ages 9 – 19 interested in the pleasure ride. All pre-registrations include a t-shirt. Due to buckeye orders, the Buckeye Challenge can only be done through pre-registration.
The day of the event, pleasure ride registration is $40 for adults, and $15 for youth ages 9-19. Same day registrations do not receive t-shirts, though shirts may be purchased at $10 while supplies last.
Pre-registration is available by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Buckeye Bridge Ride is presented by the non-profit organization called Friends of Preble County 4-H. The proceeds from the bike ride go directly into funding the Preble County 4-H camps and other activities. Some of those camps include the state leadership camp, and the Washington leadership camp.
For more information on the bike ride and the organization, visit www.buckeyebridgeride.org or www.friendsofpreblecounty4h.org .