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Ride Idaho Pedals Through Rain or Shine

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By DeSiree Fawn

Ride Idaho is taking a rest today in Hailey. The non-profit biking group has about 250 riders and 40 volunteers biking around the state.

They are camped out at the Hailey Elementary School. Ride Idaho is partnering with Saint Luke’s Hospital to host a bike rodeo in the school’s parking lot. They want to encourage kids to ride their bikes and to do it safely. Another bike rodeo is planned for Saturday at Saint Luke’s in Twin Falls, where the group will finish its tour.

Ride Idaho started ten years ago with the mission to ride to different areas of the state each year. This year’s route started in Twin Falls and headed through the City of Rocks and Shoshone. After today’s stop in Hailey, they’re heading to Hagerman and then back to Twin Falls.
If riding 70 to 80 miles a day isn’t hard enough, try factoring in all of this rain.

“This has been one of the most challenging rides we’ve put on. And we’ve made due and we have great riders. We have great volunteers. I mean, this ride wouldn’t have happened without the volunteers that we have. And they, when they see something like that happen, they all rally and pull it together,” said Earl Grief, Director of Ride Idaho.

Ride Idaho will announce next year’s route and open registration at their kick-off party in the middle of January. The average ride is over four hundred miles a year. In the past, they’ve had as many as 390 riders and they are always looking for more volunteers. To learn more, visit Ride Idaho’s website, http://rideidaho.org/.


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