Connellsville Lions' 'Bike With Bud's' planned for Saturday
The second Lions “Bike With Bud's” — a 16-mile bike ride and fundraiser from Connellsville to Camp Carmel along the scenic Great Allegheny Passage — will be held on Saturday.
Riders will have the opportunity to find yellow ribbons along the trail, which they can redeem for prizes at the picnic at Bud Murphy's following the ride. Participants do not have to ride the entire 16 miles. They may go as far as they like, organizers noted, but the farther they go, the more opportunity they have to find ribbons. They will then bring the collected ribbons back to Bud's to claim prizes.
Riders may start their ride at Yough River Park in Connellsville or bike to the park from Bud Murphy's following the bikers street loop. Map and directions are available at www.youghrivertrail.com
“This year, we will be riding toward Camp Carmel. The trail has many great scenic spots along the way,” said Bobby Bubarth of Bud Murphy's, who is helping to organize the event. “All riders who make it the 8 miles to Camp Carmel will be greeted and given an extra door prize ticket. We felt this would provide extra incentive to make it the full 16 miles.
“With these new aspects, we hope to add a more competitive feel without making it an all-out race,” he added.
After the ride, bikers are invited to Bud Murphy's for an outdoor picnic with live entertainment, food and prizes.
“Our planning committee is made up of members of Connellsville Lions, Bud Murphy's and the Yough River Trail Council,” said Bob McDowell of the Lions Club. “We have been meeting regularly to plan the Lions ‘Bike With Bud's' activities. Everything is ready, so we encourage everyone to pre-register now.
“If a person doesn't want to ride the entire distance, they don't have to,” he added. “And if they don't want to ride at all, they can still participate and support the event by buying a $7 ticket to join us at Bud's for the picnic and barbecue around noonish when the riders start to arrive there.”
Tickets are $5 for children younger than 12 who attend only the picnic.
“Last year was the first year for the Lions ‘Bike With Bud's,'” Bubarth said. “All in all, it was very successful. We had about 125 riders and about 150 who bought tickets to our picnic. We raised almost $4,000 for the Lions Club and the Yough River Trail Council. Being our first year, we had some suggestions on how to improve. So this year, we have made a few changes. We will be starting earlier. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the ride will start at 10 a.m.
“We have also added a scavenger hunt along the trail where riders will get the opportunity to spot ribbons along the way, which can then be redeemed for prizes back at the picnic,” he continued. “All riders will start at 10 a.m. or after to make sure all have a chance to find the ribbons.”
“We certainly appreciate Bud Murphy's sponsoring this bike ride,” McDowell said. “We have a good group of volunteers and Bobby Bubarth sure works hard on these things. He was helping at Kid's Fest, too.”
Registration for the Lions “Bike With Bud's” will begin at 9 a.m. the day of the event in Yough River Park. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children. All riders will receive a T-shirt, while supplies last, a wristband, an entry for door prizes, including a 50-inch flat screen television, and food and entertainment at the picnic. Entry forms are available at www.budmurphys.com, www.youghrivertrail.com and at Bud Murphy's, 718 McCormick Ave. Make checks payable to “Connellsville Lions Club.”
Proceeds from Lions “Bike With Bud's” will benefit Connellsville Lions and Yough River Trail Council.
Nancy Henry is a contributing writer for the Daily Courier.