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Radio Disney, unique family bike ride highlight Hall of Fame ‘fun-raiser’

Heidi Pfeifer, middle, along with her kids Ryan, 8, and Harper, 4, as well as husband Scott, back right, get ready for the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame's upcoming bikeathon fundraiser. At the event, families will use a map to visit interesting spots on a bike tour of the UC Davis campus. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

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From page B1 | July 18, 2013 |

So what is this Bingo Bikeathon coming to Central Park on Sept. 22?

It’s an opportunity for the family to spend meaningful time together, get some exercise and enjoy a slammin’ Radio Disney stage show all the while helping the youth and education programs of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.

Oh, and all participants are eligible to win prizes, and top pledge-getters on this fundraising ride can earn passes to Disneyland, a bicycle and other family-fun prizes.

The top money-raiser will get to take his or her family on a two-day, two-night getaway for four to Disneyland and California Adventure.

“This is a unique opportunity for families to ride their bikes together in a safe, fun environment and explore some of the iconic places … on the UC Davis campus, as well as a post-ride show by the Radio Disney Team Green and some other fun activities,” says Bob Bowen, the city of Davis public relations manager and one of the event’s organizers.

Hall of Fame trustee Brodie Hamilton and SwimAmerica’s Rose Cholewinski have been hard at work with Bowen to put together this Sunday gathering, which features a bike tour of UCD during which participants are given a “bingo” card of campus stations to check off after their visits.

Hamilton says the general public is invited and eligible for the Radio Disney giveaways, even if they’re not registered fundraisers.

But only those cyclists who get pre-event pledges for $100 or more will be eligible to win the Disneyland passes or the bicycle and receive a loaded goodie bag once the campus bike ride card is submitted.

The person who raises the most money on behalf of the Davis-based U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame will earn the two-day family outing at the two Anaheim Disney parks (two nights’ lodging included).

Hamilton says the pledge routine isn’t unlike a Little League hitathon or a high school weight liftathon in which folks solicit support from extended family and friends to complete a task. The difference here is that the Hall of Fame has established an online receptacle for those pledges (www.usbhof.fundly.com/bingo-bikeathon).

And what fun it will be …

After riders check in at the Central Park starter’s table for their bingo cards (anytime after 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22), they’re off on a leisurely Sunday morning ride on campus.

“The Bingo Bikeathon takes families on a self-guided tour through the UC Davis campus to discover … a variety of art (the Egghead sculptures, for example), the wind chimes, historic structures, Spafford Lake, the Redwood Grove and more,” Hamilton told The Enterprise. “It will be a chance for younger riders to learn to read a map, and halfway through the roughly 1.5-mile route, riders can stop at the campus Bike Barn for refreshments.”

Upon arrival back at Central Park, the Radio Disney show (start time 11:30 a.m.), environmental exhibits, food and surprises await eventgoers. Throughout the Radio Disney performance, emcees and dancers will entertain the crowd and stage games and provide prizes for the audience.

Sponsors already include Davis Waste Removal, SwimAmerica, Ink Monkey, the city of Davis and The Davis Enterprise. Hamilton says a handful of others are due to come aboard.

“This unique event combines exercise, education and entertainment,” Hamilton continues. “It really puts the ‘fun’ in fundraising. Funds raised from this event will go toward developing the Hall of Fame’s Youth Education Program.”

Bowen adds that families will realize how it’s easy to ride their bikes and the “health (benefit) of riding bikes instead of driving your car around helps everyone.”

Hamilton and Bowen say there’s no time like the present to start making plans to join in the festivities and help a local national institution better serve its users.

Plus, who doesn’t like Disney-related fun?

Notes: Visit www.usbhop.org for information about facility hours of operation, exhibits and how to become involved as a docent. …The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame was awarded to Davis three years ago after a nationwide search. Not only are the celebrated giants of more than 130 years of cycling enshrined, but some of the world’s most meaningful antique and historical bicycles are on display.

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at bgallaudet@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8047.

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