Local YSS office slates bicycle ride

Proceeds supports programming

While the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride generates a lot of deserved publicity, there are a number of much shorter, less time-consuming local rides worth trying out.

One is the 15th Annual Cycling for Youth & Shelter Services June 17.

Proceeds benefit a wide variety of YSS services.

The three-plus mile ride begins at 10 a.m., at Grimes Farm, 2349 233rd St.

The route follows the mostly flat Linn Creek Recreational Trail, commonly known as the Marshalltown bike path, passing parks and rest stops and ending at Mega 10 Park. However, riders may choose to return to Grimes Farm, a round-trip of about six miles.

The ride offers exercise, fellowship and fun in support of a good cause, said David Hicks, director of the Marshall County office.

Additionally, the Noon Kiwanis Club is hosting a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

YSS is a non-profit organization that has provided prevention, education, treatment and residential services to children, youth and families for 34 years.

The fee is $10 per person, $25 for a family of four and $5 per extra child.

“For $10, one gets a pancake breakfast, beverages and snacks provided at the rest stop at end of the route and pre-ride basic bike maintenance, courtesy of Black Tire Bike Co., said Hicks. “Participants help our organization help those in need. The dollars raised support the agency’s programs, which include counseling, after care for former foster care youth, outreach and translation services for Spanish speakers, transitional living programs and crisis intervention and runaway services.”

Last year, approximately 40 bicyclists took part.

YSS is eager to add more. Riders may use any type of bicycle, and it is advised all practice helmet safety. Preregistration is strongly recommended, as it is limited from 9:30-10 a.m. the day of the event. Payment and entry forms may be mailed to 11 E. State Street, Marshalltown. Participants may also register over the phone by contacting the Marshalltown office, 641-752-2300. Lead sponsor is Mechdyne of Marshalltown.

Other sponsors are: Black Tire Bike Co., Chris Edel of Farm Bureau Financial, Marshalltown Broadcasting KFJB-KXIA, Morning Optimist Club, Noon Kiwanis Club and Times-Republican.

Hicks suggested checking the organization’s Facebook page for changes, and the ride may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. For more information, contact 641-752-2300, or DHicks@yss.org.