NEW HAVEN — Cyclists in the tri-state area are gearing up for the Wahama High School Athletics’ third annual Bike Race/Ride, set for Saturday, May 24, in New Haven.
According to organizer Jodie Roush, more than 40 racers have pre-registered for the event so far. The race will begin at the New Haven Ball Fields on Layne Street, with check-in at 7:30 a.m. Starting time for the race is 8:30 a.m.
Registration is $25 and a free T-shirt is guaranteed for all participants registered by May 14. Proceeds from this year’s race will go to Wahama’s weight room fundraiser.
“The first year (of the race), the money went to the athletic boosters and last year it was used in the school’s athletic fund,” Roush said. “This year, we are renovating our weight room and have opted to have the money used for this endeavor.”
Roush said the event is a 10/20 mile course. Any racer that completes the first lap in less than 35 minutes will complete a second lap. Awards will be presented in 24 different age, gender and novelty categories.
For anyone wanting to catch a glimpse of the cyclists, the course will begin at the ball fields, travel Layne Street to Rt. 62, then left at the Church of God. The racers will proceed to Gun Club Road, then left onto Broad Run Road. From there, cyclists will turn left at the AEP Sporn Plant, return on Rt. 62 south to the Church of God, and finish at the ball fields. Roush said helmets are “highly recommended.” Motorists are urged to use extreme caution on these roads while the race is in progress.
When asked why Roush chose a bike race/ride to raise funds for the school’s athletic program, he explained, “Cycling in the tri-state area has grown exponentially over the past few years, due largely to social media connecting riders through groups such as Velo Gallia (a local cycling club).”
Roush continued, “There are plenty of running events and triathlons locally, however there were very few cycling events when we started the race/ride in 2012. Since then our race has expanded and other events have emerged in the tri-state area.”
Registration forms and additional information can be found by logging on to Wahama’s website at www.edline.net/pages/Wahama_High_School.
Donations are also being accepted at the school for the weight room expansion. A committee for the project has been established and consists of Dave Barr, chairman; Roush; Principal Kenny Bond; Vice Principal Missy VanMeter; Paul Hesson; and Heath Hesson.