Thursday, June 08, 2006

Hoosic River bike challenge fund-raiser set Aug. 26

Organizers of last year's Hoosic River Watershed Association benefit bicyle
ride have scheduled the second-annual running of the event for Aug. 26. They
submitted this announcement:

Last August, 140 bicycle riders inaugurated the First Annual Hoosic River Ride,
starting and ending in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and covering scenic terrain
in all three states (MA, VT, and NY)
that the river and its watershed call home. Riders came from New York City,
Connecticut, Washington, D.C., and Canada as well as nearby tri-state
communities. Together, the riders and sponsors
raised $8500 for the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA)—approximately
10% of the organization’s annual budget.

HoorWA, a nonprofit now celebrating its twentieth year of involvement in
protecting and restoring the Hoosic River and its watershed, has announced that
this year’s event, the Barr & Barr Builders 2nd
Annual Hoosic River Ride, will take place on Saturday, August 26th. Riders
may begin registering now at two websites, and

Like last year, the event is non-competitive and offers a choice of two rides,
approximately 31 miles and 64 miles in length. Registration is $40.00 by
August 1st and $50.00 after that, up to and
including the day of the ride. Early registrants receive a free T-shirt as
well as the discount. To receive a jersey with graphic design by Sarah Brill,
riders may either pay $75 or raise $250 in
donations for HoorWA.
This is a non-competitive event but one that holds some challenges, at least
for the more casual recreational rider. Both rides begin with the ascent of
Petersburg Pass on the border between
Massachusetts and New York, and the longer ride includes some hilly territory
in Eagle Bridge and other New York towns north of Route 7. Riders last year
were very impressed with the vistas along
the route. One of the highlights was riding through the recently renovated
covered bridge across the Hoosic River in Buskirk, N.Y.

Riders will receive water bottles, discount coupons for Berkshire area
attractions, and other perks donated by sponsors. They will find food and
water stations every ten to fifteen miles staffed by
volunteers, with abundant snacks ranging from orange slices to peanut butter
and jelly sandwiches. They will also receive a hearty meal when they get back
to the starting point at Mount Greylock
High School.

In addition to Barr & Barr Builders, Berkshire Gas will support the event. A
full list of sponsors will be forthcoming in future news releases and on the
HoorWA website,
Riders may also visit the site to read further details about the route, and for
links to the two registration sites.

For further information:
Dale Fink (413) 458-5334


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