Bike ride will benefit nonprofit that helps elderly, others in need

2014-01-16T00:00:00Z Bike ride will benefit nonprofit that helps elderly, others in needSubmitted by Shelley Shelton Interfaith Community Services Arizona Daily Star

The International Christian Cycling Club and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church will hold the Third Annual Vistoso Challenge Charity Bike Ride, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The ride, which will cover between eight and 48 miles, will go through Oro Valley. The nontimed event is open to cyclists of all abilities.

The recommended donation of $50 per person or $500 per team will benefit Interfaith Community Services’ programs for seniors, disabled people and people in financial crisis.

Club member and event organizer Todd Huff said the International Christian Cycling Club established the event in 2012 to bring recreational cyclists of all abilities together to celebrate the activity, while acting on its belief that Scripture teaches that people should take care of the poor and less fortunate.

“We chose ICS as the beneficiary because the organization is nondenominational, as is our cycling club,” Huff said. “We knew ICS was well-known in the community, and even though we have partnered with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian for the event, we wanted to have a beneficiary that was not tied to a particular church group.”

ICS is a nonprofit organization that provides food, job assistance and emergency financial help to Pima County residents in need, and mobilizes 650 volunteers and 74 diverse faith communities to provide seniors and disabled people with Mobile Meals, transportation, home repairs, calls, visits and health and safety referrals.

Riders will meet behind Oro Valley Hospital, 1551 E. Tangerine Road, and ride laps around the eight-mile Rancho Vistoso Boulevard loop. There will be food and prizes, and all riders will receive participation medals.

Last year’s event raised nearly $3,200 for ICS.

For registration information, call Huff at 907-8019.

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