Early-bird registration under way for Sept. 7 Bike For the Arts

Online Staff Report

Bike For the Arts (BART), an event that raises awareness for four premier performing arts organizations in the Rockford area, has kicked off early-bird registration.

The BART ride, which supports the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Dance Company, Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center and Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford, will take place Sept. 7. Funds raised go toward supporting youth programming and operating costs for more than 80 cultural events that take place annually.

Early-bird registration allows participants to receive a discounted price; $30 for adults and $15 for students and youth 14 and younger. All riders who pre-register will receive a BART T-shirt and lunch at the post-ride party.

Several area bike shops are also providing special offers to early-bird registrants. Early registrants also have the option of purchasing a custom BART jersey for $55 via the BART website. BART receives $8 from each jersey purchased, and orders placed by July 8 will arrive in time for the ride.

BART offers four rides — 10-, 22-, 37- and 65-mile options. All rides begin and end at the Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, and travel through scenic rural Winnebago County. Musical performances, refreshments, restroom facilities and emergency medical help will be available at each rest stop. After the ride, participants can enjoy a post-ride party at the grounds of the Riverfront Museum Park.

We are excited to kick off early-bird registration for the third annual BART ride,” said Julie McDonough, executive director of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and BART committee member. “Just as biking promotes a healthy lifestyle, the arts are a vital part of our community’s health. BART has grown tremendously over the past two years, and we look forward to kicking off an even bigger event at which we can raise funds for four fantastic arts organizations.”

To pre-register or learn about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit www.BikeForTheArts.com.

Posted June 26, 2013

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