Ride the River to re­turn for third year

The Boyertown Area Times - - NEWS - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

The Schuylkill River Green­ways National Her­itage Area and Sly Fox Brew­ery are team­ing up once again for the 3rd An­nual Ride for the River.

The ride takes place along the Schuylkill River Trail and of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to re­lax after­ward with food, beer and eight hours of free, live mu­sic.

On Satur­day, Sept. 29, Schuylkill River Green­ways will host the bike ride which gets cyclists ped­al­ing on the trail. An es­ti­mated 300 cyclists will travel along the Pottstown to Read­ing sec­tion of the trail. The ride be­gins and ends at Sly Fox Brew­ery’s 2018 Can Jam Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, at Cir­cle of Progress Drive in Pottstown.

Each reg­is­tered rider gets a free food and beer/ bev­er­age voucher to be use at the fes­ti­val.

“Ride for the River both high­lights and ben­e­fits the Schuylkill River Trail. Enor­mous ef­forts have been made to link what were once un­con­nected sec­tions, thereby serv­ing to con­nect com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gion as well as con­nect trail users to those com­mu­ni­ties. While on the trail, peo­ple have the op­por­tu­nity to visit towns in the area and ex­plore the many tremen­dous ameni­ties the re­gion has to of­fer,” said Schuylkill River Green­ways NHA Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Elaine Paul Schae­fer.

The ride in­cludes rest stops with wa­ter and snacks, ride sup­port and well-marked routes. The pub­lic is in­vited to par­tic­i­pate and check­out new im­prove­ments of the trail. Cyclists will pedal 40-or 16mile routes that take them either to the ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter at Berks Na­ture in Read­ing or the Union Town­ship Recre­ation Area and back to Sly Fox Brew­ery.

New this year, par­tic­i­pants can re­serve a bike to use and it will be ready for them at the start of the ride. Also new, there will be two raf­fle prizes this year. Peo­ple can pur­chase tick­ets when they reg­is­ter for the ride for a chance to win a Trek Verve 1 hy­brid bike or a cus­tom of­fi­cial Sly Fox cy­cling race out­fit.

The ride serves as a fundraiser for Schuylkill River Green­ways, which works with part­ners to build, im­prove and pro­mote the Schuylkill River Trail. One of the largest fin­ished trail sec­tions is the Pottstown to Read­ing stretch, main­tained by Schuylkill River Green­ways, which to­tals about 20 miles.

Money raised will sup­port on­go­ing main­te­nance of the trail. There are cur­rently 75 miles of the Schuylkill River Trail com­pleted and when fin­ished it will run 120 miles from Frackville to Philadel­phia.

Sly Fox Brew­ery has part­nered with Schuylkill River Green­ways for the past three years by pro­duc­ing SRT Ale, a seasonal “ale for the trail” that ben­e­fits the Schuylkill River Trail. Dur­ing the Can Jam Fes­ti­val, Sly Fox rep­re­sen­ta­tives will present Schuylkill River Green­ways of­fi­cials with a check from the sales of this year’s SRT Ale.

To learn more visit www. ride­fortheriver2018.com or reg­is­ter di­rectly at www. bik­ereg.com/ride­fortheriver.

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The 3rd An­nual Ride the River bike ride is re­turn­ing on Sept. 29 along with the Sly Fox Can Jam.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Par­tic­i­pants en­joy Ride the River, a bike ride on the Schuylkill River to ben­e­fit the Schuylkill River Her­itage Area.

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