WENATCHEE- Over 600 bicyclists from throughout the northwest will convene in Wenatchee Saturday morning for the 31st Annual Apple Century Bike Ride.
The event – organized by the Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary Club – combines fundraising and outdoor recreation as Chris McDarment explained on this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley:
“One of the neat things about this particular fundraising event is it really does pair giving back to the community with something that this community loves which is being active, being outdoors,” McDarment said. “Until I got involved with this, I didn’t realize how many people wanted to really do a 100-mile ride.”
McDarment said cyclists enjoy getting teams together from around the region to participate in the annual event.
All the money raised on Saturday goes to fund the Challenge Scholarship for at-risk students in the valley. Paul Jones of Sunrise Rotary calls it the lifeblood of their organization:
“Our challenge to them is finish high school,” Jones said. “If you finish high school and you get selected, then we’ll pay for your first two years of college at the Wenatchee Valley College rate. We just had one of our challenge scholars from a few years ago graduate with her law degree.”
The bike ride consists of three routes: 25, 50 and 100 miles with pit stops, food and refreshments along the routes. Participants can register right up to start time on Saturday morning at the Pybus Public Market, where the ride begins and ends.