Staff reports

About 1,520 bicycle riders participated in the annual Hope Ride on Saturday, said Lisa Moore, one of the event staffers.

Morning rain held down number of participants, she said. Last year’s event had a record 2,200 riders.

The Hope Ride serves as a fundraiser for charities, including food banks.

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The event started and finished at Hauser Junior-Senior High School, and offered rides of 13 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles, 62 miles and 100 miles through scenic hills and farmland. It included breakfast before the ride and lunch afterward on the Hope Town Square.