More than 200 people will use their pedal power on Sept. 14 in Kansas City in the 10th annual AIDS Bicycle Cruise, raising money for local residents living with HIV/AIDS.
Josh Strodtman, co-producer of the Cruise, said that last year, 292 riders participated and nearly $40,000 was raised by riders, corporate sponsors, donors and volunteers. This year, organizers hope to surpass $40,000 and 300 riders.
This year, Strodtman reported, will feature a new route for the event known as the Party on Wheels. “Riders can now choose between a 5-mile, 10-mile and 20-mile route. The 10-mile route has a really fun feature this year — riders will ride the cruise with stops at Haus [restaurant>, Revolve [bike shop”>, Family Bicycles and Hope Care Center. Then, their bikes will be loaded up and a bus will take them back to the Finish Line Party. This way, riders can stay longer at Hope Care Center instead of worrying about getting back to the Finish Line Party!”
The 20-mile route will include those stops, plus a stop at the Blue Grotto. All riders will end up at their starting location in Westport.
Strodtman said he hoped that everyone would come out to support the 10th Cruise. “The committee, led by chair people Karen Heath, Theresa Van Ackeren, Jeanne Barnhill, Teresa Jarzemkoski and Mark Thomas, has been working extremely hard to make this year’s Cruise the best one yet. And for those of you who can’t ride, we hope you’ll join us at the Finish Line Party anytime from 2 to 5 p.m. All non-riders can participate in the festivities for only a $20 donation to the AIDS Service Foundation.”
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