“This is an idea by (Spalding Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer) John Quinn and myself to bring a wellness community activity to the table,” said Spalding Regional Medical Center Health and Wellness Coordinator Howell Westerfield, who is also the chairman of the bike ride’s organizing committee. “We set our initial goal at 100 riders, and that would be a great turnout.”
The friendly ride begins and ends at Rehoboth Road Middle, and the route includes four rest stops in between, according to Westerfield. The stops are at the Farley Plantation in Milner, High Falls State Park, Indian Springs State Park and Monroe County Fire Department Station 6.
Riders can choose routes of 20, 32, 50 or 100 miles but don’t have to decide until the beginning of Dog Days 100.
Those interested in participating can register by Wednesday for $35 per rider and will receive an event T-shirt as well as a complimentary spaghetti dinner on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second floor of Spalding Regional’s outside patio.
Late registration — at $40, payable only through cash or check — is available during that dinner or as early as 6:30 a.m. on the day of the event. All riders must be at least 13 years old and are required to wear a helmet at all times, said Westerfield.
Children under 12 years old and accompanied by an adult are encouraged to bring their bikes to Rehoboth Road Middle between 9 and 11 a.m. on Saturday for family fun activities, such as games, an obstacle course and bike safety.
To register for the bike ride, go to www.active.com and search for Dog Days 100. All riders must sign a release form. For additional information call Westerfield at 678-972-6993.