LAURINBURG — There are not too many cycling events left in North Carolina.
But the Habitat for Humanity of Scotland County Bike to Build fundraiser keeps peddling along.
The event, planned for May 12, is in its 15th year.
“It is a milestone for all those people who have help organize this event year after year,” said Chris Carpenter, Habitat for Humanity of Scotland County director. “Groups often start out with great ideas, but are only able to carry them out for so long. Bike rides are tough to put on and we want to recognize those who have put in all the hard work. This a unique event.”
Sticking with tradition, there will be a 64-, 32-, 21- and 10.5-mile bike race, which riders can register for $25 or $20 each for a team of four or more. The cycling races are not meant to be competitive.
Registration for the 5k Walk/Run or the 10k Walk/Run is $25.
Fees for the cycling and the walk/runs are reduced this year in honor of the 15th anniversary. The rate for young participants is even better. Students can sign up for $10.
“To celebrate all the hard work that has been put into hosting this event, there is a special on the entry fees,” Carpenter said. “It is also a nice way to have more people, both young and old, participate.”
Carpenter said Bike to Build is something the entire family can take part in.
“The event is the day before Mother’s Day,’ he said. “We want moms to see it as a great opportunity to get out with their kids and walk or ride. It is certainly a fun activity to do with family.”
Those who do take part will receive a free event t-shirt, participation medal, breakfast and lunch. There will also be awards given to the first overall finisher in both the men’s and women’s 5k and 10k divisions. Runner’s finishing first in their age group will also be awarded.
Age groups for the event are 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39,40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80 or older. Participants under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. There will be volunteers available to supervise children during the races.
The nonprofit set this year’s sponsorship goal at $20,000.
“In terms of sponsorships, we not where we would like to be, but are getting there,” Carpenter said. “They are vital to helping us put on Bike to Build so we are hoping to have more.”
Habitat for Humanity of Scotland County has built a total of 47 homes in the county since it was established in 1992.
“The effort is not only helping new homeowners, but the tax base that these homes help generate for the county is important too,” Carpenter said.
Participants can register anytime before the event, but they need to sign up before April 30 so they are guaranteed the correct shirt size.
To register go by the Habitat office at 2340 McColl Road, Laurinburg or visit biketobuild.org. For information on the Bike to Build Fundraiser, email [email protected]
Reach Scott Witten at 910-506-3023.