Registrations are pouring into the office of Reid Hospital Foundation as they prepare for their fourth annual ReidRide. The event invites cyclists from the region to bring families, friends and co-workers for a 22-mile ride around Wayne County.
“ReidRide is a great way to fulfill our mission, get people moving and support healthy lifestyles,” said Foundation Director Jason Troutwine. “We have people of all fitness levels come out for the Ride and realize an accomplishment they will talk about all year.”
One such rider is 76-year-old Mary Bockover. After triple bypass heart surgery less than a year ago, Mary is already training for her second ReidRide…and telling her story all over town. If she can do ReidRide, anyone can.
“I would encourage all older people to do ReidRide,” Bockover said. “I’m just thrilled I can do it again this year!”
In addition to the community wellness initiative, ReidRide raises funds for another cause – Shoes for Kids. This Reid program takes proceeds from the Ride and purchases over 2,500 pairs of shoes for underprivileged children in the region.
“The shoe distributions are some of the most humbling experiences,” Troutwine said. “We have children come with the soles of their shoes duct taped. Others are amazed the shoes actually match. It is truly an important community effort.”
The cost to ride is ten dollars, and every registration purchases a pair of shoes. “The more people we can involve in ReidRide, the more shoes we can distribute,” said Foundation Board Member Lee Elzemeyer.
The Ride begins at Reid Hospital and heads south on Chester Boulevard. Connecting via North A and Main Streets, riders will head to Centerville on US 40. After a half-way stop at Centerville Christian Church, riders head north on Centerville Road to Webster and catch the Cardinal Greenway back to Industries Road and Reid.
Online registration and additional information is available at ReidRide.org.
The Reid Ride is Saturday, July 28th