Rain or shine, one seat or two, Independent Living Vernon’s 18th annual Cycling For Independence runs Sunday, May 7, with three distances for riders to choose from. (morning star file photo)

Cycling For Independence event set

18th annual ride around Vernon raises money for independent living programs

Riders are wanted for an annual event.

The 18th annual Cycling For Independence takes place Sunday, May 7.

“There will be a family fun ride of 12 kilometres, a fun ride of 20 kms or a Crank Hammers ride of 42 kms,” said event organizer Lisa Kongsdorf.

The event happens rain or shine, and starts and ends at The People Place on 27th Avenue.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. The 42 km ride begins at 8:30 a.m., the 20 km event begins at 9:30 a.m. and it’s a 10:30 a.m. start for the 12 km event.

Proceeds from the event, hosted by Independent Living Vernon, go to the Youth Opportunities Unlimited program, aimed at helping people aged 16-29 learn independent living skills.

The first 50 riders to sign up will receive a T-shirt.

Pledges are encouraged. Riders who raise $100 in pledges will have the $40 entry fee waived.

Sports teams, schools and non-profit groups that participate and raise pledges can keep 50 per cent of the pledges they receive.

There will be lunch provided by Uncle Dave’s Pizzeria and massages provided by the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy.

Door prizes will also be awarded.

Contact Kongsdorf at 250-545-9292 ext. 206 or by e-mail to lisa@ilvernon.ca for more event information.