The 22nd annual COBYS Bike & Hike will be held Sunday afternoon, September 9, at the Lititz Church of the Brethren. The event includes a three-mile walk, 10- and 25-mile bicycle rides, and the 65-mile Dutch Country Motorcycle Ride, which this year will travel along scenic country roads in northwestern Lancaster County. A silent auction runs throughout the afternoon. Donations of door prizes and auction items will be welcomed until the week of the event. The event brochure Bike & Hike 2018 spells out the details.
The Bike & Hike is COBYS’ signature fundraiser, having raised more than $1.3 million for COBYS ministries, since its inception. Last year, the Bike & Hike grossed $136,669 and attracted more than 600 people. Participants included 306 walkers, 129 bicyclists, and 166 motorcyclists on 104 cycles, along with some additional friends who stopped in to visit and participate in the silent auction.
Bike & Hike income has grown for 19 consecutive years. Planners are seeking to make it 20, while also setting a new attendance record.
“We are off to a great start this year, with record business support already in the bank,” said Director of Development Don Fitzkee. “Now we just need walkers, riders, and donors to get us the rest of the way.”
Walkers and bicyclists donate a $25 registration fee, obtain support from sponsors, or both. Motorcycles are $35 per cycle, plus $25 for an additional passenger. Those who pre-register by September 5 receive a $5 discount. Individuals who raise $25 or more in pledges do not need to pay the registration fee.
Each participant receives a free t-shirt, ice cream and refreshments, and a chance to win a door prize. Those who raise certain levels of support earn additional prizes. Junior and senior high youth groups who raise $1,500 or more earn a gym and pizza night.
A WJTL radio personality will provide live reports from the event.
Special thanks to these Bike & Hike Sponsors: