Katy Trail to Host Fundraiser

| August 12, 2014
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The Missouri Special Olympics program will host a new fundraiser on the Katy Trail on September 20-21.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Public Relations Coordinator Brandon Schatsiek:

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The first event of its kind in the area will cover two days and 100 miles.  “There are two different routes,” said Schatsiek,”You can take take St. Charles to Jefferson City or Clinton to Jefferson City.  Bicyclists will choose their route and then ride 60 miles the first day and 40 miles the second day.  So, the first day is a bit tougher than the second, but it’s not too bad when you’re raising money for a good cause.”

The cyclists will be taken care of along the way.  For those leaving from Clinton, they will arrive to a prepared campground in Boonville and those coming from St. Charles will stay in Hermann.  All camping and luggage transportation will be taken care of by the organization. “That night, the riders will be given vouchers for dinner,” said Schatsiek, “We thought it was important to not just provide meals, but to also support the communities where we will be staying.  Shuttle transportation will take participants from the campsite to area restaurants and put some of  that money back into those communities.”

The ride will end on the 21st with a celebration in Jefferson City.

Registration fee for the event is $100, plus an additional $210 fundraising minimum.  The deadline to register is September 12th.  More information can be found by visiting the organization’s website.

Press Release:

Get ready to dust off your bike and stretch out those riding shorts because Special Olympics Missouri has organized a two-day ride on the Katy Trail State Park Sept. 20-21, 2014 called Cycle for the Future. There’s barely more than a month left to register for the two-day ride Sept. 20-21.

The ride will allow participants to either start in Clinton or St. Charles (on Sept. 20) and both will finish in Jefferson City (Sept. 21). It’s two two-day simultaneous rides all to promote and raise funds for the Training for Life Campus (www.somocampus.org) and more than 17,000 athletes around the state of Missouri.

Both routes will total more than 100 miles over the two days with riders who start in Clinton staying the night in Boonville and St. Charles riders staying overnight in Hermann.

For a limited time only, use the coupon code ‘CYCLE14’ when you register and pay only $100 to register. There’s an additional $210 fundraising minimum. The full $310 may be paid upon registration in lieu of fundraising. There will be fundraising incentives for individuals who raise more than the $310 minimum. Fundraising is made easy with your own personal fundraising page.

The registration fee and fundraising minimum covers any associated fees with using the trail, camping, food, luggage transportation, Support and Gear stop supplies and more. Return-trip transportation is available from Jefferson City for an additional fee.

At both campsites and at the end-of-ride celebration in Jefferson City Sept. 21, SOMO and PedNet (www.PedNet.org) will be putting on demonstration stops where we are inviting our local Special Olympics Missouri athletes out to take part in a cycling demonstration where they will learn the basics of safe cycling.

For more information or to sign up for the ride, visit www.somo.org/CycleForTheFuture. Registration is now open.

Since this is the first year of the event, the ride is limited to the first 300 riders on each route. The last day to register is Sept. 12 and spots are filling up fast, so sign up today!

If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring the ride, email Brandon Schatsiek at Schatsiek@somo.org.

Thanks to Katy Trail State Park and Missouri State Parks as our presenting sponsor of the 2014 Cycle for the Future.

About Special Olympics Missouri
Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 17,000 athletes participate in 21 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri.

Special Olympics Missouri is proud of our financial health returning 90 percent of every dollar back to program services. We are privileged to be recognized with these honors: Better Business Bureau A+ Charity Accreditation, Charity Navigator 3-star rating and an inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame – Class of 2013.

Thank you for trusting us with your donations, volunteer time and your goodwill.

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