Old Howard 100 Bike Ride set for April 20
The fifteenth annual Old Howard 100 Bike Ride through Alabama’s historic Black Belt is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2019.
The 100-mile route, which includes shorter routes of 34, 43, and 75 miles, winds through three counties in the heart of the Alabama Black Belt. The route travels west through the Perry County countryside into Newbern and north to Greensboro (Hale County), returning to Marion before proceeding south through the Perry Lakes wetlands region and into Selma (Dallas County). The ride finishes back in Marion on the Judson College campus. The ride is fully supported with five Support and Gear (SAG) stops at historic sites. A SAG wagon will also be provided by Cahaba Cycles.
Originally conceived to celebrate Samford University’s 19th-century roots in Marion, Ala. (as Howard College in 1841), the Century Ride is now sponsored by Sowing Seeds of Hope, an interfaith non-profit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life and work in Perry County, Alabama, through improved educational opportunities, health care, housing, transportation, and economic development. Proceeds from the event’s registration will assist Perry County residents who receive care through year-round health programs through Sowing Seeds of Hope.
The regular registration fee is $50 and includes a tee shirt, hot dog lunch, SAG wagon and rest stops, and an after-ride meal that will be served at Judson from 2-5 p.m. Discounted registration fees are available for students ($20), and for residents of Perry, Hale, and Dallas counties ($20).
Cyclists may register online at www.alabamacbf.org/oldhoward2019. For additional information, contact Frances Ford, Executive Director of Sowing Seeds of Hope, at 334-683-4666.