By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register



NEW HAVEN — Exercise and fellowship, all while helping needy children.

That is what awaits participants in the annual Claflin C.A.R.E. Bike Ride on July 22 in New Haven.

Jodie T. Roush, organizer, said the ride will consist of an 8.5-mile, multi-lap loop. There is also an optional 2-mile ride that begins at 11 a.m., followed by a youth 1-mile ride at 11:30 a.m.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with check-in and registration at 114 Layne Street, New Haven. Check-in will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Registration is $20 for adult riders, and free to youth riders under 16 years. Roush said all proceeds will go to the Bend Area C.A.R.E. Christmas Assistance Program. The program provides gifts for needy children, as well as clothing and other items.

Snacks and drinks will be provided. A cookout will be held for participants at noon, where novelty prizes will be awarded. There will also be drawings for gift cards for the youth riders.

Helmets are highly recommended for adult riders, Roush added, and are required for all youth participating in the 8.5-mile loop or the 2-mile ride. Parking is available at the New Haven Baseball Fields on Layne Street.

Free t-shirts will be given to the first 40 adults to register, and to the first 20 youth to register. Registration forms are available online at www.tristateracer.com.

Funding for the ride is provided by the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation.

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By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.