CLYDE - The North Coast Inland Bike Trail between Fremont and Clyde is the venue for the Cookie Classic benefit bike ride this Saturday. Registration is to open at 8 a.m. with a staggered start at 9 a.m. from downtown Clyde, across from City Hall. Proceeds from the event are to be divided between Heartbeat and Hope Medical, both of Sandusky County.
The Cookie Classic is named for the cookie stations along the route where riders are encouraged to consume cookies. Riders receive a three-minute time credit for each cookie they eat (maximum 10 cookies per rider). While the event is timed, it is not an actual race.
The cost is $25 for ages 19-49, $20 for ages 50 and older, $20 for ages 18 and younger or $65 for a family of four.
The course is comprised mostly of a flat bike trail with a short stretch of country road and several crossroads along the trail. Routes are 7, 16 or 26 miles long. Roads and crossroads will not be closed to traffic. The route will be marked with large "cookies" to keep participants on the route. All traffic/trail rules must be followed during the event.
Awards will be given to the top riders (male and female) in each age category once adjusted times are factored. Children on their own bikes are welcome as long as they are experienced riders and ride with an adult. Helmets are required for everyone.
After the race, the Clyde Moose, 222 N. Main St., Clyde, is to offer food for purchase and host activities, including a classic car show, music by Classic Trendz, a cookie judging contest and cookie decorating.
The ride is to take place rain or shine. No refunds are to be given. For more information or to register, visit www.friendsofheartbeat.org, e-mail email@example.com or call (419) 334-9079. If no one answers, leave a message.