Ever had the urge to wake up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday and bike 100 miles? What if we told you there was a free beer garden involved?
This year's Show-Me 100 Bike Ride takes place Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Parkade Center, where fleets of bicyclists will pedal together to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri.
"The Show-Me 100 is more than a ride with a cause; it is a festival of fun," says Barb King, event founder and director of development and communications at the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia.
This festival of fun features three different routes: a 31-mile, a 62-mile and a 100-mile course.
"Anyone can do a 30-mile ride with little to no training beforehand," King says.
Each ride begins at a different time, with the first route, the 100-mile, commencing at 8 a.m. The course begins at Parkade Center and includes seven rest stops, each of which will have food, drinks and a first aid station. And after the race, a Lifestyle Festival -- including live music, games and of course, that beer garden -- will keep that adrenaline raging.
Students are able to register until the morning of the race itself. Entry into the ride costs $25 per rider. In addition, participants are asked, though not required, to raise at least $200 (and snag a free shirt if they do!). Riders who raise more than $500 score a free bike jersey, and those who raise $1,000 are given a jersey and bike shorts.
"Last year everyone loved it," says King, adding that 100 bicyclists showed up for last year's ride. "People were excited when we announced we were doing it again this year. The ride is more fun than anything else - it's nothing high-pressure, just a way to get a great workout and support a great cause too."