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Ecology Center's 2012 EcoRide
EcoRide 2012 starts and finishes at Ann Arbor's Riverside Park on the beautiful Huron River across from University of Michigan Hospital. The park is conveniently located within walking and biking distance from downtown Ann Arbor, near bus and train lines, and offers plenty of free parking in nearby lots.
The Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) runs right through the park for safe, easy access to all routes.
Join us for a fun, family-friendly event for a great cause. Riders of all ages and skill levels will love our scenic, supported routes and tour stops...the loop in the park is great for walkers and roller-bladers, too. Or you can just come along to enjoy the great music, food and festivities in Ann Arbor's beautiful Riverside Park.
Come enjoy our family-friendly activities and entertainment from 10am-2pm:
- Recycled crafts/kid's activities
- Musical entertainment from 10-11:30am and 12pm-2pm
- Prize drawings at 1pm (don't worry, you don't have to be present to win)
- Local foods and water available for free to riders throughout the day
- Massages provided by licensed massage therapists
- Merchandise and non-profit exhibitors
- And plenty more!
2 Mile: Family & Kids
10am-noon (Ride-Walk-Skate); Anyone will enjoy this safe, easy, flat-terrain route that stays in the park on the Border-to-Border Trail along the riverside to Argo Park and back. It's perfect for those who want a leisurely ride on a brand-new section of the B2B trail, where riders can view the new Huron River renovations, including "waterfalls"!
10 Mile: St. Joe's Tour
9am-1pm; This easy ride along the B2B Trail through Gallup Park offers beautiful views of the Huron River and assorted recreational activities with a turn around at St. Joe’s Hospital grounds where riders can tour the new hoop house and farm that provides healthy local food to the hospital.
10 Mile - NEW! EcoTour
9:00 am - 1:00 pm; Participate in this cool easy route along B2B out Whitmore Lk. Rd, with tour stops at the Washtenaw Food Hub, Tilian Farm, Leslie Science Center’s Project Grow gardens. Get a guided tour of the amazing solar powered Nature House at LSC with Green Architect / Solar Designer Wayne Appleyard (11am-1pm only).
20 Mile - Combined Tour
Combine St. Joe’s Tour with the EcoTour for a 20-mile ride!
Harvest by Bike
Lucas DiGia of Rap For Food, whose mission is to support localization, sustainable food systems, and youth gardening through the arts, will lead this effort. EcoTour riders interested in adding a unique farming/riding experience can join the Rap For Food Team when they register online (limited slots available). The RFF Team will bring back a sampling of fresh produce from participating tour stops to the festival site, which will later be turned into a pedal-powered batch of The Brinery's Kim-chee!
55 Mile - Classic Route
EcoRiders both intermediate and advanced have always loved our “classic” beautiful countryside route that loops from Riverside Park up through the interesting Water Hill neighborhood out Newport Rd. along beautiful, winding Huron River Dr. past Dexter into Pinckney and through Hell and back. :) (For a shorter 25 mile route, riders can turn around at Hudson Mills Metropark.)
We'd like to thank the following sponsors for supporting EcoRide 2012:
Your business can still join the superstars above! Sponsorship opportunities are available, and the benefits include:
- Business name on displays at the event
- Listing with link at EcoCenter.org
- Thank-you ad in EcoLink, the Ecology Center’s monthly e-newsletter (11,160 + readers)
- Optional distribution of promotional materials to participants
- Knowing you are helping the Ecology Center fight for a safe and healthy environment!
To become a sponsor, visit our secure donation page and enter your sponsorship amount. Just fill out the form and type the following code into the Additional Information box: ER2012-CS. Or, click here to download the sponsorship form (PDF).
For more information, visit http://www.ecocenter.org/events/ecoride-2012-sponsorship or contact Ken Kozora (by phone: 734-369-9279).
In lieu of registration fees, riders are asked to raise pledges for their ride ($50 suggested minimum for adults, kids ride for only $5!). All pledge donations are tax-deductible and will benefit the Ecology Center's work for a safe and healthy environment. At www.FirstGiving.com/EcoCenter riders can create personal fundraising pages, join teams, set goals, and let friends and family know about the ride.
On the day of the event, riders will check in at the registration table before starting to ride, where they will turn in pledges and pick up route maps and other important information.
The top fundraisers who have registered by July 20, 2012 in the adult, teen, child, and team categories will win great prizes donated by local businesses. Click here to register for your ride today!
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EcoRide 2009 raised nearly $40,000 for Ecology Center programs. Congratulations to our top fundraiser (and winner of the new bike) John Lloyd, and to Team Ezekiel, our top team for 2009. With your help we can do even more in 2012 for a safe and healthy environment.
All EcoRide pledges are tax-deductible.