By Ben Weathers, Capital Gazette
Local cyclists are launching a 100-mile bike ride next week to raise money for local charities.
The inaugural Lifeline 100 Century ride will start and end at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville on Oct. 19. Proceeds will benefit local nonprofits, including the Crisis Response System, Recreation Deeds for Special Needs, and Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, or BikeAAA.
The event will be the culmination of months of planning involving local nonprofits, county police and the county Department of Recreation and Parks, said agency spokeswoman Colleen Joseph.
Recreation officials had been considering such a bike ride for the past few years, but implementation didn't start until the idea was broached to Police Chief Kevin Davis, Joseph said.
Traffic issues were longtime obstacles to getting the ride to move forward. Joseph said Davis was thinking of a similar event and the county linked with BikeAAA to make it a reality.
Rides of 56 and 15 miles also will be held the same day, Joseph said.
A free children's bike rodeo and family fun ride will be held at Kinder Farm Park on the day of the event.
The ride will coincide with the Making Health Happen Community Health Fair at the park, featuring 20 vendors.
The health fair will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature activities for kids and families, as well as health screenings.