We had great volunteers:
In addition to our staff and dedicated board members, an incredible team of over 50 volunteers and 10 fire police really made this ride a success. Volunteers preened the trail, marked the route, packed t-shirts, manned rest stops, posted signs, directed parking, and kept check in lines running smoothly. Perhaps most significantly, we placed volunteers or fire police at numerous road intersections to usher them across traffic safely safety--a feature that many cyclists noted was much appreciated. We also had members of the Bike Sport/Sly Fox racing team assist with minor repairs during the ride. And we were fortunate to have Bike Sport and Trek Bicycle of Pottstown on hand to check bikes and pump up tires. And, oh yeah, many of the photos in this blog were taken by volunteer photographer Walt Hug. See more photos here
A great day for a ride
Weather is something we can't control. So, we won't take credit for the fact that the rain held off and the breeze was cool, but not cold. But we will say, that the mild temperatures made it particularly pleasant to be cycling along the mostly leafy section of the Schuylkill River Trail from Pottstown to Reading.
Many of the participants told us how much they enjoyed riding on the Pottstown-to-Reading section of the the Schuylkill River Trail. We were pleased to hear that. This is a section of the Schuylkill River Trail that our organization--the Schuylkill River Heritage Area--owns and maintains. We know it is among the most scenic sections of the trail, and we were happy to be able to introduce more people to it through Ride for the River.
Since we maintain over 30 miles of the trail in Berks and Schuylkill Counties, we are grateful for the money raised through Ride for the River. The proceeds from Ride for the River will enable us to improve the trail that is already built, and expand into areas that are not yet complete. When finished, the Schuylkill River Trail will run about 130 miles. Today, about 60 miles are complete, and we are committed to adding miles to it as land and funds allow.
The fun continued at the Sly Fox Can Jam Festival: All participants received a voucher for free Sly Fox beer and food at the Can Jam Festival. Many stayed to listen to the terrific live bands that played throughout the day.
We accepted a check from Sly Fox Brewery: A portion of the proceeds from Sly Fox's seasonal
We raffled off a kayak!
We can't wait to do it again next year.