(PRWEB) July 29, 2011
The second annual Pedal for Your Cause bike ride will be taking place at Outback Steakhouse in Longmont Colorado on August 14th, 2011. Pedal for Your Cause is a fundraising bike ride & festival intended to create cycling programs and awareness for people with disabilities through Assisted Cycling Tours (ACT). ACT is an organization that takes people with developmental and/or physical disabilities and their families on biking and multi-sport adventures.
The hours of the event will from 7 am until 3 pm with on-site registration starting at 6:30 am. There will be 10, 25 and 50 mile routes to ride and a family festival after the ride. The entry fee is $50 before July 31st, and $60 after that until the day of the event. Day of event registration is $75. In addition to the ride, the fee includes a commemorative t-shirt (if registered by July 22nd) as well as lunch provided by Outback afterward. There will be kid’s activities as well as music and a silent auction. To register, or for more information, go to their website at http://www.pedal4yourcause.org.
“We’re looking forward to great ride and festival this year”, said Bob Matter, Executive Director of Assisted Cycling Tours. “Last year’s event was enjoyed by everyone who participated. We are also strongly encouraging people with disabilities to come and participate. To that end, we are offering both a discounted registration price as well as our tandem bikes to people with disabilities so that they can enjoy the ride,” Matter continued. “Our goal is to shatter the perceptions of the abilities of people with disabilities as well as giving these individuals an opportunity to get some exercise and participate in a community event.”
The event does not require a fundraising minimum, but encourages people to raise money to support cycling programs for a disability that is close to their hearts. “Our event allows fundraisers to tell us where to spend their money”, said John DiGirolamo, ACT Chairman. “If anyone specifies a disability, for example Autism, Down Syndrome, MS, or any other disability, we will earmark those funds to create a bike program with that population.”
Pedal for Your Cause has received an incredible amount of support from the community. Sponsors include Kaiser Permanente, Outback Steakhouse, New Belgium Brewery, First Bank, DJ on Demand, Eldorado Springs Water, Bike-n-Hike, Ah-Some Photography, Powerade, and Pepsi, just to name a few.
Assisted Cycling Tours (ACT) began serving the disabled population through a variety of bicycle trips across Colorado in 2007. The organization’s primary goal is to foster confidence and independence in those with disabilities while offering the family an opportunity to spend time together. ACT was started by parents of children with developmental disabilities as a way to help other families.
“ACT was started to give families a way to be together doing something “normal”. It also allows both parents and kids to get together with other families and share the experience” said Matter. “With all of the stresses of having a disabled family member, the divorce rate amongst families with a disabled child is approximately 90%. One of the reasons for this is the lack of activities a family can do together. ACT was founded for this reason.”
About Assisted Cycling Tours – http://www.assistedcyclingtours.org ACT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Arvada, CO. Its mission is to unlock the potential of people with disabilities and their families and shatter the perceptions of their abilities through transformative cycling and multi-sport adventures. This is done through bicycle and multi-sport trips to locations that they may not otherwise be able to see.