For the past 4 years, hundreds of cyclists from 4 states have gathered in Morris County to combat hunger at the Brake the Hunger Cycle Tour.
The fifth annual Brake the Hunger Cycle Tour, one of the largest charity bike events in northern New Jersey, will be held on Saturday, May 5th, to raise funds for The Community FoodBank of NJ, as well as for global efforts to provide sources of sanitary drinking water.
According to a press release, a motivated group of Kinnelon residents have organized this fundraiser in light of the following statistics:
- One in five children in America goes to bed hungry
- Forty-three percent of the people who receive food from the Community FoodBank of NJ are children and ten percent are the elderly.
- Around the globe, millions, mostly children, succumb to disease and death due to lack of a source for sanitary, potable water.
- Today in New Jersey, 1.1 million are struggling to make ends meet.
The bike tour will begin and end, rain or shine, at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 91 Kinnelon Road, in Kinnelon. NJ. Check in and ride-day registration will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Rider fees include a huge backyard-style BBQ (vegetarian food will be available,) with live music and family entertainment and door prizes, as well as the opportunity for a stretch by a Kessler Institute therapist. The early-registration fee is $45 for riders age 13 and up and $20 for children 12 and under. Non-riders are invited to join the BBQ for a $10 donation, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Riding fees are tax-deductible, as one-hundred percent of the fees are donated.
The bike tour is designed for riders of all skill levels with the 25-, 40-, and 62-mile “metric century” routes geared to the serious cyclists. The shorter 4- and 12-mile courses are ideal routes for the casual biker and youngsters. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. In past years, all varieties of bikes have been ridden, from two-seaters to scooter bikes, recumbents and tricycles. All cyclists must wear official biking helmets.
Rest stops are set up along each route, providing energy snacks and drinks for the riders. Support and gear (SAG) vehicles will be monitoring each of the routes in order to assist any rider experiencing mechanical problems, while “sweep” riders will continuously check the courses. The Tri-Boro First Aid Squad is on site as well as a short-wave communications center which keeps all contact people in touch. The four-mile route (mainly youngsters with their parents) is escorted by local police. Whether a serious biker or a family affair, a fun day is in store. Register on-line or on the day of event.
Learn more at www.HungerCycleTour.com.