Many expected to bike and walk for hope Saturday in Shelton

The Bike For Hope charity ride will take place Saturday, May 23, with the start and finish at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Shelton.

The mayors and first selectmen of Shelton, Derby, Ansonia and Seymour gather to their support for the 2015 Connecticut Bike for Hope. Also shown are Susan Kovacs, TD Bank event liaison; Michele Smith, TD Bank Shelton branch manager; and Tad Duni, Bike for Hope organizer.

The mayors and first selectmen of Shelton, Derby, Ansonia and Seymour gather to their support for the 2015 Connecticut Bike for Hope. Also shown are Susan Kovacs, TD Bank event liaison; Michele Smith, TD Bank Shelton branch manager; and Tad Duni, Bike for Hope organizer.

The event raises money to benefit survivors of brain and spinal cord injures and diseases, and honors the memory of Carlo Minasi.

The family-oriented bicycle ride and walk will encompass completed sections of the Naugatuck Greenway, with those participating in the longest ride going to Woodbury and back. The bike ride will not be timed and racing is not allowed.

The starting point is the corner of Canal and Cornell streets, with the 50-mile ride beginning at 8 a.m., the 25-mile ride at 9, and the 10-mile ride (along with walkers) at 10.

Advance online registration is available at ctbikeforhope.org, and same-day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the starting location.

The cost is a $35 registration fee and $50 minimum fund-raising fee. The top fund-raiser will win a Cannondale Caad-8 bike, valued at over $1,300.

 

Food, music, children’s activities

At the conclusion of the ride, food, live music, a DJ, and children’s activities will be available for riders and their families.

Shelton-MovingHope-LogoThe event is organized by Moving with Hope, a Shelton-based nonprofit organization. TD Bank is the event’s presenting sponsor.

Last year’s first-ever Bike for Hope attracted 88 riders and raised more than $10,000 that has been used to provide grants and specialized equipment for people with brain, spinal, and complicated chronic illnesses and injuries.

 

 

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