Bikes for Kids Utah Gears Up for Third Year; 1,000 Underprivileged Children to Receive New Bicycles SALT LAKE CITY - March 18, 2008 - Bikes for Kids Utah, a non-profit 501(C)3 organization, today announced details of its upcoming bike giveaway and fundraiser bicycle rides, with proceeds going to ben
SALT LAKE CITY - March 18, 2008 - Bikes for Kids Utah, a non-profit 501(C)3 organization, today announced details of its upcoming bike giveaway and fundraiser bicycle rides, with proceeds going to benefit underprivileged children in Utah and bicycle awareness advocacy.
On Saturday, May 31, Bikes for Kids Utah will provide new bicycles for 1,000 pre-qualified, underprivileged 3rd graders from the Boys & Girls Club Boys in Salt Lake, South Valley and Weber Counties. Also receiving bikes will be 3rd graders from Bennion, Heartland, Lincoln, Majestic, Moss, Plymouth, Riley, Sandy, Riley, McMillan, Liberty, Grant, Guadelupe and Washington elementary schools.
Along with the 1,000 bicycles, the children will also receive helmets, t-shirts and bike locks through proceeds accrued from sponsorships and the fundraising bicycle rides taking place on the same day as the bike giveaway.
"We are really looking forward to our third year with the Bikes for Kids event," said Debbie Reid, founder and director of Bikes for Kids Utah. "Having the event in May, will give the kids time in the summer to really ride their bikes, and May's better weather will mean ideal riding conditions for participants of the fundraising rides. We hope everyone will come out to support deserving children in our community."
The bicycles will be given away at the Intermountain Medical Center parking lot (5121 South Cottonwood Street in Murray, Utah) starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, with local and political leaders delivering bikes to a new group of kids every half hour. Following the bike giveaway, the children will also receive bicycle helmets, water bottles and locks and attend a helmet safety and bike safety fair.
Concurrent to Saturday's bike giveaway, several fundraising rides will be held on Saturday, May 31, including a family ride (5K), metric half-century (50K), and metric century (100K) ride to help raise funds for the program. Specific details are as follows:
Cost: $5 per person
Distance (approx. miles): 2.5
Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Estimated Ride Length: 45 mins.
Description: A Murray police escorted ride which begins at Intermountain Medical Center on 5121 South Cottonwood St. in Murray, this ride travels down to 4800 South and returns to its origin.
Distance (approx. miles): 30
Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Estimated Ride Length: 1½ hrs
Description: Begins at Intermountain Medical Center on 5121 South Cottonwood St. in Murray, with a turnaround rest stop at 14400 South in Draper, finishing at its origin. The ride includes a Belgium breakfast stop provided by Utah Food Service and a finish line lunch provided by Tucci's Cucina Italiana.
Metric Century (100K)
Distance (approx. miles): 65
Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Estimated Ride Length: 3½ hrs.
Description: A challenging ride with 3,400 feet of climbing begins at Intermountain Medical Center on 5121 South Cottonwood St. in Murray with its first rest stop at 2700 West at 14400 South in Bluffdale, then continues to Fire Station #16 in Cottonwood Heights for the second rest stop, going on to Sunnyside in Salt Lake City for a third and final rest stop and then finishes at the starting point. The ride includes five "Tour of Europe" rest stops (1. Utah Food Service's Belgium Breakfast, 2. Black Bottom's Watering Hole, 3. La Caille's Brunch in France, 4. Murray Rotary Club's Snack by the Zoo and 5. Tucci's Finish Line Lunch Italiana).
To participate in the fundraising rides, please register at www.bikesforkidsutah.org.
Title sponsors Costco, The Utah Grizzlies, Intermountain Financial Group, MassMutual, Murray Rotary, Sobe Life Water, along with other sponsors, will provide a full breakfast and lunch for bike ride participants. Bike recipients will receive live entertainment, water, snacks and other items throughout the Bikes for Kids Utah activities on Saturday, May 31.
For those interested in donating time as a volunteer or for more information regarding the events, please visit www.bikesforkidsutah.org or call 801-523-3730.
About Bikes for Kids Utah
Formed in 2006, Bikes for Kids Utah, a non-profit organization, provides bicycles for underprivileged children of first grade school age throughout the Salt Lake Valley by means of its event registration proceeds, auctions, and through private and corporate donations. Its annual bicycle fundraising events raise money to provide 1,000 underprivileged children with bicycles each year. For more information regarding the events, please visit www.bikesforkidsutah.org or call 801-523-3730.