Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity will sponsor its annual bike and walk-a-thon on Saturday, Oct. 12, starting at 1 p.m.
Walkers and riders will register at the German Flatts Town Park next to the Fort Herkimer Church on state Route 5S and will begin their route along the scenic Canal Trail.
Participants may register as individuals or as teams. Teams may be made up of four to 10 persons and must include at least two adults. The winning team will be the team turning in the most money for the team total. The team prize will be dinner out with limo service. Teams must turn in at least $40 per team member to receive T-shirts and be eligible for prizes. Team captains (one per team) who register teams before Oct. 1 will receive a free water bottle. Team captains should contact Brad Haines at 894-3713 for details and to register early.
Non-team members must bring in at least $40 collected in pledges to receive a T-shirt and be eligible to win several prizes.
The walk-a-thon route will begin at the registration site and follow the Canal Trail to MOVAC and return to the park. The trail, four miles round trip, is a mostly paved trail for walking and riding with benches along the way. The walk must be completed between 1 and 3 p.m.
Bicycle riders will start at the same registration site. After registering, the riders will choose from a variety of different distances ranging from a 4-mile trip on the trail to a 7.5-mile loop. Rest stops and water will be available. There will be communication in case assistance is needed. The ride is to be completed between 1 and 3 p.m.
The event will be followed by a free picnic for all participants at the park. Prizes will be awarded at that time.
Those interested in riding or walking should pick up a registration form from local libraries or area merchants, collect pledges and register the day of the event. For more information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors for the event include Enea Funeral Home, Jay-K Lumber, Carbone Auto Group, Harbor Point Minerals, CSEA and the Medicine Shop.
Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization run by volunteers, believes every person deserves a simple, decent place to live. The goal of Habitat is to eliminate poverty housing through the sale of low-cost, no-interest homes to partner families who are willing to help build the house and give back to the community.
The Habitat Bike/Walk-a-thon is a fundraising event sponsored by Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity. Ninety percent of the funds raised remain in the county.