Monday, September 26, 2011

Bike Rally Up, People!

I got an email from a recent college grad last week asking if she could guest post on the blog. Usually I dismiss those requests immediately, but I emailed her back and asked what she wanted to write about. She sent me this little write up on this weekend's bike rally. I know the Rally still wants/needs participants so I thought "Why not?" And without further ado:

Registration Winding Down For Heights’ Bicycle Rally/Scavenger Hunt-- Paige Taylor
One of the largest annual events in the Houston Heights is still open for registration for the last week in September. There are 3 days left until the September 29 deadline to sign up. The rally will be open to people of all ages and will be an easy ride for both experienced and novice riders. 
Registrants will have the option to ride a 20 mile course which will run through the Heights and a few different neighborhoods in the area. The other option is a five mile ride that is geared to attract both kids and parents alike. Both of the routes will begin and finish at 18th Street and Heights Boulevard at Marmion Park, as participants can ride both courses if they’d like. 
Upon registration, those who sign up will receive their rally cards, maps, and clue list for the scavenger hunt.  The scavenger hunt will take place along the 5 mile ride. For the riders that identify the most clues along the ride, there will be prizes awarded. Following the ride there will be a party lasting from 3:30pm to 4:30pm at the park. It will include prizes, food, refreshments and entertainment. 
The entry and registration fee is reduced if you register before the September 29 deadline, although you can still sign up on the day of the ride. If you sign up before September 29 at 8pm the entry fee is $20 for the 20 mile ride and $10 for the 5 mile ride. For those who sign up the day of the rides, the fees will be up to $25 and $15 respectively. The pickup for race packets will take place on the morning of the ride at Marmion Park beginning at 8am
Republic Services will be the primary sponsor for the event, they specialize environmental contracts and waste management.  Design & Inspiration, a branding and solution source, helped through sponsorships as well. Minor sponsorship also help came from Boulevard Realty, who assists residents with Houston area apartments, homes and condominium sales. 
The proceeds from the event will right back into the community with the restoration, beautification, maintenance and education throughout the Heights area. More information and registration applications can be found at the Houston Heights Association Website.  

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