NEW HAVEN — Exercise and fun, all while helping a good cause, is in store for those participating in the sixth annual Wahama High School Bike Race/Ride.
Set for Saturday, May 27, in New Haven, proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of equipment, supplies and awards for the school’s weight room/fitness center.
Organizer Jodie T. Roush said check-in on race day begins at 7:30 a.m. at the New Haven Ball Fields on Layne Street. Race time is 8:30 a.m.
The distance for the race/ride is either 10 or 20 miles. Any racer who completes the first lap in 35 minutes or less will race a second lap. The course for the race will go from the ball fields along Layne Street, then left at the Church of God. Bikers will continue, turning right on Gun Club Road, left onto Broad Run Road, and left again at the AEP Sporn Plant. The course will remain along the main road until the Church of God, where bikers will turn right, and finally finish at the intersection of Layne Street and Midway Drive.
Roush said the event began with 29 participants in 2012. Since then, the race has seen nearly 50 riders some years. Last year, the number dropped to 35, mainly due to rainy conditions, the organizer stated.
There will be awards for the overall male and female winner, as well as in each of the following age divisions: 16-20 years; 21-25; 26-30; 31-35; 36-40; 41-45; 46-50; 51-55; 56-60; 61-70; and 71 years and older. There will also be six novelty categories.
Registration is $25, with the first 40 to register receiving a free event t-shirt. Helmets are highly recommended during the race. Registration forms are available at http://wahama.maso.k12.wv.us/.
Sponsors for the race/ride include Kayanna Sayre, DDS; Crank and Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital; Mary Kay consultant Naomi Lanier; Shirt Factory and Sporting Goods; New Haven Road Angels car club; Farmers Bank; and This-N-That Café.
Assisting with the event will be the Town of New Haven, New Haven Fire Department, New Haven Police Department, Mason County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, Bachtel United Methodist Church and the West Virginia Division of Highways in Point Pleasant.
For more information, contact Roush at 304-593-4446.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at email@example.com.