Biking might be good exercise but it can also serve as a means to benefit the community’s youth.

The public can join in on the 17th annual Bike for Boys & Girls Clubs event from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road.

Hundreds of bikers can “pedal their way across the finish line and into the post-ride party of cold drinks and even colder custard,” the event website states.

The bike route will start and finish at McKee Farms Park. People or teams of all ages and abilities can sign up to participate and choose from one of three planned routes: Advanced, Intermediate and Family.

Advanced route riders can check in for the 50-mile ride from 7-7:30 a.m., with the ride starting at 7:30 a.m. The ride has multiple rest stops and will take a few hours, as it contains hills.

Intermediate route participants can check in for their 20 to 25-mile ride from 8-9 a.m.for a 9 a.m. start. The route is “perfect for those looking for an enjoyable and possibly challenging ride,” the website states, and contains “a few” hills.

Family route participants will check in for the 7 to 8-mile ride from 9-10:30 a.m. with the ride starting at 10:30 a.m. This ride route is mostly flat.

Participants are encouraged to think about the time their route will take before signing up, as they are invited to join in on the Bike for Boys & Girls Clubs after-ride party, where they can hydrate and enjoy food from Metcalfe’s market. They can also dance to live entertainment.

To register, participants can visit the Biking for Boys & Girls Clubs website at There, they can also find map directions for their respective routes.

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