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Forty-four Rotary clubs to participate in five-day bicycle fundraiser

June 15, 2012

Forty-four Rotary clubs are participating in a districtwide, five-day bicycle ride fundraiser to support Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio worldwide.

 Riders will begin Wednesday at locations in West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The ride will end Sunday, June 24, in Cross Fork, Pa.

“We’re hoping that both experienced and novice bikers will join us to ride in the local portion of the bike ride from Williamsport to Greencastle on June 20. Our leg of the ride covers a distance of about 20 miles and is estimated to take about three hours with a stop in Hagerstown,” said David Hanlin, president of the Hagerstown club.

“Cyclists can choose to ride a portion of the ride, a whole day, or all five days. Individuals who don’t wish to ride a bike are invited to be ‘virtual riders’ and make a donation of $25 or more by completing a form and submitting a check payable to The Rotary Foundation,” Hanlin said.

Rotary Pedal Out Polio cyclists will be required to wear helmets, sign an entry/waiver form, make a minimum $25 donation to The Rotary Foundation for each day they plan to ride, be responsible for any overnight lodging and for making return transportation arrangements.

To ride with the tour, a separate registration form and donation will be required for each day. Riders may join the tour at any departure point and leave when they choose.

To register or for information about the route or on how to make a donation to help eradicate polio, call Derek Hamilton at 240-420-8220 or Mike Johnston at 301-733-1066.

To download route and ride information, and registration and donation forms, visit www.district7350.org.

Riders can also register on-site an hour prior to scheduled departure times. Registration and donations forms are available at Hub City Cycles, Hamilton Nissan and M.S. Johnston.

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