'Bike With Bud's fundraiser to be held on Aug. 23 in Connellsville
The third annual Lions “Bike With Bud's” will be held on Aug. 23.
The event is a unique bike ride and fundraiser happening two months later than in previous years.
“We moved the event hoping that it would not be as busy in town,” said Bobby Bubarth of Bud Murphy's, who helps organize the day's activities.
The bike ride is 16 miles from Connellsville to Camp Carmel along the scenic Great Allegheny Passage. Riders will have the opportunity to find tokens along the trail that they can then redeem for prizes at the picnic at Bud Murphy's, which follows the bike ride.
Participants do not have to ride the entire 16 miles. They may go as far as they like, but the further they go, the more opportunity they have to find tokens. They will then bring the tokens collected to Bud's to claim prizes. Riders may start at Yough River Park or bike to the park from Bud Murphy's following the bikers street loop. Map and directions are available at www.youghrivertrail.com
Early registration is due by Saturday. Pre-registration is encouraged because T-shirts may not be available for race day registrants. Adult entry fee is $15; children under 12 are $8 each. Prices after Saturday and until race day are $20 for adults, $10 for children under 12. Registered riders receive a T-shirt, silicone wristband, entry for all the door prizes including a 50-inch television donated by Craig Appliance, Pirates tickets and a picnic at Bud's with food and entertainment.
“This is a great opportunity for families to come out and enjoy the trail together. The bike trail is a great asset for the city of Connellsville, and this is a fun way to support it,” Bubarth said.
Registration on event day will be from 9-10 a.m. at Yough River Park. Riders will not be permitted to leave before 10 a.m., to allow everyone a fair chance to find the prize tokens hidden along the trail. There will be an attendant at the turnaround point at Camp Carmel. Riders who go this far will be given an extra chance ticket for the prize giveaways. Riders will bring the tokens back to Bud's to claim prizes.
Those who don't want to participate in the ride can buy a $7 ticket for the picnic ($5 for children under 12 years), which also enters them in the drawings for the door prizes, including the TV and Pirates tickets. Everyone meets at Bud's around noon for a picnic and BBQ.
Lions “Bike With Bud's” is sponsored by Bud Murphy's Sports Bar and Restaurant with proceeds benefiting the Connellsville Lions and Yough River Trail Council.
“Bobby and Robin Bubarth at Bud's put in long hours on this event. It is a leisure ride, not a race,” Mike Comiskey, secretary of the YRTC, said.
Tickets and entry forms can be picked up at Bud's or at youghrivertrail.com. “It costs over $4,000 per mile every year to keep the trail in great shape and maintain our campgrounds. This is a crucial fundraiser for us,” Comiskey said.
Riders under 12 years must wear an approved helmet when riding. All riders are required to sign a registration form and waiver. Checks should be made payable to Connellsville Lions Club. The event will take place rain or shine.
For more information, call Bobby Bubarth at 724-628-4827. Yough River Park GPS location is 369 N. Third St., Connellsville.
Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.