Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)
St. Charles, IL
A TOUR FOR ALL – Join the fun of the Pumpkin Pedal!! This year’s 10, 20 & 28 mile trail rides will be entirely on the Great Western Trail. The 40 & 65 Mile Road Rides will be on roads but will utilize the same rest stops as the trail ride. They will all begin and end at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve on Dean St. just west of Randall Rd. in St. Charles. This is a wonderful ride for families and serious riders.
REGISTER TODAY! – Purchase your tickets by September 27, 2013 and receive your Pumpkin Pedal T-shirt on the day of the ride.
TEAM RIDERS – If you pre-register to ride with 5 or more team riders, you will all receive long-sleeved t-shirts. When registering you must choose the team rider ticket option and include the team’s name. Without the team name on your registration, we won’t know you are a team rider and you won’t receive a long-sleeved t-shirt.
EVENT DAY – The start and finish for all the distances is Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. It is located on Dean St. just west of Randall Rd. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and riders may start anytime between 7:45 a.m. and 10:00. The course will be cleared at 3 p.m. This event will take place rain or shine. If cancellation of the event is warranted due to dangerous weather conditions, announcements will be made event day at the event site. A post ride meal will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A vegetarian option will be available.
WHY BIKE? – Besides the fun you’ll have and the great people you’ll meet, you’ll be riding to help Special Olympics athletes. Your entry will support year-round training for Illinois athletes with intellectual disabilities.
JUST ENJOY THE RIDE – All you have to do is bring your bike, your family, your friends and pedal!! We’ll take care of the rest! You’ll find:
- Rest stops with snacks
- Emergency mechanical support
- A delicious post-ride meal at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A vegetarian option will be available.
HEALTH & SAFETY – Our main concern!! Please observe the following:
- Bike helmets required!
- Stay to the right.
- Pass cyclists and walkers on the left and say “passing on your left”.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Do not ride 2 or more abreast.
- STOP at all road crossings.
- Children under 16 must ride with an adult.
- Stop at stop signs and yield Right of Way.
- Follow all Rules of the Road which apply to both cars and cyclists.
When & Where
Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. Special Olympics Illinois provides opportunities for more than 21,000 athletes, 40,000 volunteers and thousands more people statewide through 18 Area programs in all 102 counties of the state.
Provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
It looks like the weather is going to hold out for us on Sunday! Latest Report (Friday at 2:40 p.m.) says there is a 20% chance of showers after 1pm.
The event will go on rain or shine unless conditions become unsafe for our riders. Be sure to check back here for any updates as they will be posted here, as well as on www.soill.org.