Maywood Earth Ride: 18 years of pedaling for an “Earth-while” cause

Maywood ParkSHEBOYGAN — Cyclists across Sheboygan County and Midwest are gearing up for the 18th Annual Maywood Earth Ride on Saturday, September 16th.

The ride is the largest fundraiser for Ellwood H. May Environmental Park with all proceeds from the event supporting Maywood’s operations and environmental education programs.

The ride features six route options ranging from 12 to 112-miles along some of Sheboygan County’s most scenic roads. The 112-mile route, nicknamed the “Iron Raccoon,” provides an exceptionally hilly challenge for seasoned cyclists. Those looking for less of a challenge may enjoy the 12-mile family route that features two fun stops. All routes being and end at Maywood.

Included in the ride fee are rest stops with snacks and sports beverages, SAG (Support Aid Group) and maintenance support, goodie bags, a full color map and cue sheet, and continental breakfast. Upon returning to Maywood participants are treated to lunch, a family-friendly games area, and ice cream sundaes featuring Maywood’s own maple syrup among several topping options.

To encourage family participation, a special 12 mile family route rate is offered. Two adults and up to two children 12 and younger can participate in the 12 mile ride for a special rate.

The ride was established in 2000 as a fundraiser for the Ecology Center expansion at Maywood. Since then has continued to attract cyclists from as far away as China. The ride helped fund the expansion of the Ecology Center and since then has helped fulfill the Maywood mission of fostering environmental stewardship through educational and outdoor experiences designed to connect our community with the natural world.

Advanced registration is available at the Maywood Ecology Center 9 AM-4 PM weekdays. Check-in and walk-in registration will be available Friday, September 15th from 3-6 PM or the morning of the ride beginning at 6:30 AM.

All cyclists are required to wear a helmet.

For more information, visit www.gomaywood.org or call (920) 459-3906.

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