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Cyclists converge Nov. 11 for annual Spirit Ride

 

LIVINGSTON -- Bicyclists from near and far will be converging on Livingston Saturday, Nov. 11, to take part in the 5th Annual Spirit Ride through Polk County. Sponsored by the Livingston Bicycle Club, the annual event serves not only as a fun activity for bike enthusiasts but as a fundraiser for the Polk County Crime Stoppers program. Money generated by the Spirit Ride will be used to help pay for the program's operating expenses throughout the year. Launched five years ago by Polk County Deputy Sheriff Glenn Bethune, the annual ride has attracted riders from as far away as Puerto Rico. Bethune serves as a director of the local crime stoppers effort and worked with local cyclists and the Livingston Bicycle Club to get the ride started. "It's a great event. Most people who are not familiar with the ride may think it's a race, but it's not. It just a fun ride through the county for people who enjoy riding bicycles," Bethune said added. The event will get underway at 9 a.m. on Nov. 11 starting and finishing at Livingston High School off FM 350 South. As in years past, cyclists may select one of four courses to travel. Organizers note that this allows beginning cyclists to select one of the shorter distances while the more advanced riders can choose the longer routes. For safety reasons, all four rides will travel through portions of Livingston shortly after the start and will be escorted through the city by Livingston police. At different points in or near the city, the riders will branch out on different routes and continue through rural areas of southern Polk County until returning to the high school. Volunteer deputy sheriffs will be stationed at major road intersections to guide the riders and halt traffic as needed. Breaks stops will be located about every 9-16 miles on all routes and will be manned by volunteers. Medical support also will be on hand as well as vehicles to provide support in the event of mechanical issues. Registration to take part in the ride costs $35 in advance and $45 on the day of the ride. T-shirts will be given to all pre-registered riders and at least the first 100 registered riders. Online registration will end at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9. Registration at the high school on Nov. 11 will open at 7:30 a.m. All riders will be required to wear helmets and no headphones will be allowed during the ride. All riders under the age of 16 also must be accompanied by an adult (21 or older) at all times. Lunch will be provided to the riders at the end of the event on the high school parking lot. For information or to register, go to www. PolkCountySpiritRide.com or call 936-967-0124

 

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