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E-M:/ Ecology Center Bike-a-Thon June 8

Enviro-Mich message from ecaa@igc.org (ecology center)

Dear Enviro-Michers,

        Come have fun, take a nice bike ride, and raise funds for
grass-roots environmental education and activism at the Ecology Center's
26th annual Bike-a-Thon on Sunday, June 8.

        You can ride any of three routes of 12, 28, and 57 miles long each,
beginning and ending at West Park in Ann Arbor.  Each route takes riders on
picturesque tours along the Huron River.  There are great food and rest
areas at checkpoints along the way.  At the finish line, riders are
welcomed with more food, Ben & Jerry's Peace Pops, massage tables, and
music.  There is free parking available at the Ashley/Ann Streets parking
structure, and also on neighboring streets.

        Here's how to participate.  You can pay a registration fee this
year or you can collect pledge sponsors based on the number of miles you
plan to ride.  There are incentive prizes for turning in larger amounts of
pledges, and grand prizes for the top adult, youth, and team
pledge-getters.  You can download and print the "brochure" below, and use
it to register or collect pledges. Or, request a hard copy of the brochure
at ecaa@igc.apc.org or (313) 761-3186.

        The Ecology Center is a regional nonprofit environmental
organization based in Ann Arbor working for clean air, safe water, healthy
communities, and environmental justice.  The Center is the parent
organization of Recycle Ann Arbor.

Ecology Center Bike-a-Thon Brochure

The Bike-A-Thon will happen rain or shine.  The finish closes at 5:00 p.m.
If you cannot ride on June 8th, please consider doing a Bike-A-Thon Honor
Ride, riding an equivalent route on a different day and collecting
Bike-A-Thon sponsors.  Call (313) 761-3186 for details.

Fun and Festivities!
* Snacks (fresh fruits and other goodies) and water will be provided along
the routes at the rest stops and checkpoints.
* Free Ben & Jerry's Peace Pops for all Bike-A-Thon participants at the finish
* Music, games and information tables at the finish from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.,
along with the Riders' Raffle.
* All riders will receive a complimentary Bike-A-Thon embroidered patch
* A Spinnning demonstration: the Spinning  Program is a high-intensity
workout perfomed to music on a stationary bike.  A certified instructor
will lead participants through a variety of drills that simulate a bike
* Elmo's 1997 Bike-A-Thon T-shirts will be available; a portion of the
proceeds will be donated to the Ecology Center.
* Post ride massages by the Ann Arbor School of Massage & Bodywork.
* Picnic and playground facilities are available.

12 miles - The route starts and ends with hills but the middle is generally
flat along the winding Huron River with the midpoint at Delhi Park, a
pleasant metro park.  Registration begins at 10 a.m.  Ride begins at 10:00
a.m. and riders may start the ride up until noon .

28 miles - This route also travels along Huron River Drive and continues
past Delhi Park and Dexter (Mast Rd.) to the turn around at Hudson Mills
Park, a beautiful park with a checkpoint at the Rapids View Area.
Registration begins at 10 a.m.  Ride begins at 10:00 a.m. and riders may
start the ride up until noon.

57 miles - This is a good route for stronger riders.  It also starts out
along the Huron River and includes rolling hills through some of the most
beautiful biking in this area.  The route winds around a lot of lakes and
travels through two counties (Washtenaw and Livingston).  Registration
begins at 8:30 a.m. and the ride starts at 9:00 a.m.

Detailed maps will be supplied on the day of the event.  The bicycle routes
are furnished with sag wagons, and radio communication will be provided by
telephones from Ameritech.

Individual Prizes
Grand Prizes to the adult and youth riders with the most sponsor money
turned in by July 8.
Adult - A Grand Prize bicycling package valued at $275: a $100 gift
certificate to Jerry's Bikes in Plymouth, a $100 gift certificate to Campus
Bike & Toy and a $75 gift certificate to Ann Arbor Cyclery.
Youth - (up to twelfth grade)  A Diamond Back mountain bike donated by
Cycle Cellar.

Incentive Prizes
Raise these amounts to receive the following prizes.  All sponsor money
must be turned in by July 8 to be eligible for prizes.
$100 - A Bike-A-Thon t-shirt: special Elmo's tie-dyed version
$250 - A t-shirt plus a Perfomance seat pack
$500 - A  t-shirt plus a $50 gift certificate to Cousin's Heritage Inn in Dexter

Team Prizes
Teams are groups of 3-10 people, and should register as teams.  Team
members need not ride toegether in the Bike-a-thon.  Teams may have a
business, organizational, or other affiliation, or may be a group of
friends or family.  Team prizes are based on the total sponsor money turned
in by team members by July 8.  Be sure to indicate the team you are with on
your sponsor sheet.
Adult Team - Free passes to the Michigan Theater and a gift certificate for
ice cream.
Youth/Family Team - Free jpasses to the Washtenaw County Rolling Hills
Water Park and a gift certificate for ice cream.

Riders' Raffle
All registered riders will receive a raffle ticket and be eligible to win
raffle prizes.

Registration Form:
Register by printing this message, and completing the form below.  Then,
mail it to Bike-a-Thon, Ecology Center, 117 N. Division, Ann Arbor, MI
48104, or bring it with you to the Bike-a-Thon.  Request a hard copy of the
brochure at ecaa@igc.apc.org or (313) 761-3186.

Preregistration: $15 (adult) $10 (children, twelfth grade and younger)
        postmarked by May 28, 1997
Day of Ride:       $20 (adult) $15 (children, twelfth grade and younger)
Free Registration with $50 or more in sponsors

_____  My registration is enclosed:  $_________

_____  I plan to collect pledges.  (Bring this form to the Bike-a-Thon and
keep a copy of your pledges for yourself.)

Rider's Name (print clearly): __________________________________________

_____  I plan to ride: ______ miles.   Category:  ____ youth   ____ adult

Team Name: __________________________________________ (3-10 riders)

Sponsor's Name         Sponsor's Address        Phone   Pledge          Paid











(Use your own sheets for additional pledges.)

Finally:  Three Ann Arbor stores will sponsor riders if you stop in their
store before and after the ride.  Wilderness Outfitters will sponsor
everyone for 25¢/mile and Campus Bike and Toy Center and Great Lakes
Cycling & Fitness will sponsor everyone for 20¢/mile.

Ecology Center of Ann Arbor
(313)663-2414 fx.

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