Team Challenge, week of events highlight health and environmental benefits
Garfield Clean Energy and CLEER announce the launch today of Ride Garfield County, a countywide Team Challenge and weeklong series of events June 19 to 26.
“Organize your biking teams this week and get signed up to participate in the Team Challenge,” said Karen Wahrmund, organizer of Ride Garfield County.
“And mark your calendar for a week of bike and bus oriented activities, including guided mountain bike rides, a bike rodeo for kids, a family bike scavenger hunt, riding to your Farmer’s Market, Bike to Work Day, bicycle maintenance classes, a cargo bike float in the Strawberry Days Parade, and Bikes to Books at all the libraries,” she added.
Ride Garfield County promotes the health and environmental benefits of walking, riding bicycles and riding the bus. It’s a new event developed through the partnership of Garfield Clean Energy and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA).
“RFTA has been a member of Garfield Clean Energy for many years because we realize that transportation is one of the largest sectors of regional energy usage,” said Jason White, a planner with RFTA and member of the Garfield Clean Energy board of directors.
“Transit, bicycle and walking connections improve public health and quality of life in our communities. They also provide low-cost, clean energy options for people to reduce their environmental footprint on a daily basis,” White said.
“During Ride Garfield County week and throughout the summer, we are encouraging people to get out of their cars and instead walk, ride their bikes and ride the bus to go to work, shop and have fun,” he added.
For those with a competitive spirit, the Ride Garfield County Team Challenge offers a chance to team up and log their biking miles, keep an eye on other teams, and compete for prizes and bragging rights.
Riders and teams can register on the National Bike Challenge website, which hosts a local challenge section for Ride Garfield County, and start entering miles whenever they ride.
“This is a community event, so we’d love to have people form or join a team,” said Sue Schnitzer, manager of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library and an avid cyclist.
“Anyone who registers can sign up with an existing team or form their own,” she said. “Of course, we are hoping that library visitors and supporters will join the Garfield County Libraries team, to help us demonstrate that libraries are about more than books.”
The top-mileage team will win a prize, and everyone who participates will be entered into a drawing for other prizes. Teams can win by riding a lot of miles, or by building a big team of active riders.
Teams and riders can post photos and comments from their rides on social media using #RideGarCo.
Ride Garfield County is hosted by Garfield Clean Energy, RFTA, the Garfield County Library District and CLEER, and sponsored by Alpine Bank, LiveWell Garfield County, Roaring Fork Family Physicians, Glenwood Springs Ford, Grand River Health, Rifle Area Mountain Biking Organization (RAMBO), Ragged Mountain Sports, Aloha Mountain Cyclery, Rad Bikes, Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop, Sweet Coloradough, Defiant Packs, Town of New Castle, City of Rifle, Grand Valley Recreation Center, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and the City of Glenwood Springs.
For links and instructions on how to register for the Team Challenge, and for a schedule of events for the Ride Garfield County week, go online to www.GarfieldCleanEnergy.org or pick up a flyer and register at your nearest Garfield County Public Library.
Teams can also register in person during the open house for CLEER and CORE’s new Energy Resource Center, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., in Carbondale.
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