Women from across the Midwest will take over the streets of Bartholomew County when they set off for the ninth annual Girlfriend Ride.
Funds raised from the June 24 bike tour will benefit displaced women and children served by the Love Chapel, a faith-based organization supported by the Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County Churches, plus local businesses and individuals.
The Love Chapel offers a food pantry for people in the community, as well as housing assistance for individuals and families at risk of being evicted or foreclosed.
Paul and Carol Ashbrook of Hope organize the Girlfriend Ride every year as a way for women to spend a day together bicycling, wine tasting and snacking, all while joining in fellowship and supporting a cause.
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The event, which last year drew more than 600 riders, is on track to host nearly 1,000 women from seven different states, Carol Ashbrook said.
“Our riders really embrace the Girlfriend Ride and have a sense of pride and ownership in being part of something big,” she said.
Bikers can choose between the 16-Mile Pixie or the 26-Mile Topknot. Both routes begin at the Columbus Learning Center, located at 4555 Central Avenue. Breakfast will be served.
From there, riders will make organized stops at places along the route such as Windy Hill Greenhouse and Simmons Brewery, both between Columbus and Hope.
Woman and girls can register online for the ninth annual Girlfriend Ride, scheduled June 24 through Bartholomew County. Riders can register in advance for $35. The registration fee will increase to $50 on the day of the ride. Girls ages 16 and under can register for $15.
Register online at signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/119793
Information: Visit girlfriendride.org.