Seventy bicyclists joined us on Saturday, August 25 for the first Thrive! in the Heat ride. Riders had a choice of a metric century (100 km or 62 miles) or a fun ride (up to 35 miles) through the beautiful Flint Hills. Riders were treated to homemade goodies from Aimee’s Kitchen at each of five stops (or SAGs, to use bicycle terminology — SAG stands for support and gear). Aimee is one of our Thrive! Leaders who is starting a home bakery business — riders raved about her treats! (You can find Aimee’s Kitchen on Facebook!).
Many riders asked if we will be hosting this ride next year and vowed to bring friends with them. We are hoping for 100 riders in 2019. We were pleased with the number of families riding the fun ride, a great opportunity for parents and children to enjoy time together.
Special thanks to Dave Colburn from The Pathfinder for his help in organizing the event and marking the route and our Youth and Development Coordinator Susan Wendland for her organization of the volunteers and food. We had many volunteers driving the route, sitting at SAG stops, and helping the start and finish at Long’s Park. Thanks to Maryanne Pittman, Ron Wendland, Nicholle Schiebe, Keith Schnug, Thomas Booth, Debbie and Demetre Evangelidis, Tara Roberts, Paige Roatch, Tanya Baruth, Steve and Elaine Johannes, Tana Wagner, Natasha and Amissa Self, Karla Hagemeister, Milo Kelley, Sarah Hancock, Brian Hardeman, and Richard Baker for volunteering!
We deeply appreciate our sponsors:
Thank you to the following businesses for donating food:
We made more than $3,000 for Thrive! We can't wait to do it again next year!
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