Rotary Club of Redmond is hosting its 31st and final cross-state RedSpoke bicycle ride July 18-22. Cyclists can register by July 13 to participate in the ride, which has raised more than $1 million to benefit the community over the years.
The five-day, 300-mile ride goes across US Highway 2 from Redmond to Spokane.
It’s the final RedSpoke because event chair Deana Hale said the club’s leadership would rather use its manpower to have a fundraiser or multiple fundraisers in the Redmond area.
“This would allow our Rotary Club members to be more actively involved and give our club more local visibility. The club is looking at a range of fundraising options and has not ruled out RedSpoke 2.0, a modified version of the ride,” Hale said. “RedSpoke has had 31 years of tremendous support from bicyclists and communities across the state. We’ll look to build on and expand those relationships as the club develops its next fundraisers.”
Bicyclists donate and/or recruit donations that enable Redmond Rotary to provide significant support to nonprofit efforts both at home in Redmond, in King County and around the world. The money raised is used to support well development and hygiene in Ethiopia, for one example, programs for low-income people and many other efforts in Redmond and polio eradication worldwide.
Hale said that the fully-supported recreational bike ride takes cyclists through some of Washington state’s most stunning scenery.
“Many have ridden the route yearly, finding it one of the most fun they take,” Hale said. “Both experienced distance riders and newcomers are welcome. There’s a support team is available for rider pick up on days where a little help is needed. Delicious meals are provided.”
Registration is at http://redspoke.org/registration.