The Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park are excited to announce the first annual Pedal for the Park bike ride, which will feature three different routes to provide opportunities for participation for riders with varying experience. The event will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2012.
All rides will begin from the Mammoth Cave National Park picnic area/ visitor center parking lot area. Registration and payment can be made on-line beginning March 1 at the Friends website (www.friendsofmammothecave.org), or a mail-in registration form can be printed at the website and mailed, along with payment, to Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park, P. O. Box 2, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259. Participants will be given an event T-shirt if registered by April 28.
The Pedal for the Park routes vary in length from about 13 to 40 miles and travel through the park and the scenic rolling hills of surrounding communities. The Mayflower ride is 39.5 miles, the Trail Blazer ride is 21.25 miles, and the Troglobite ride is 13.1 miles. Riders may experience beautiful countryside with May wildflowers and maybe even see an Eagle at the Nolin spillway. As this annual event grows, rides of extended lengths with new challenges will be featured on several of the area’s secondary roads as well as within the Park.
The Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all proceeds from the Pedal for the Park will go toward supporting programs and projects at Mammoth Cave National Park that are either unfunded or under-funded. (All donations are tax deductible.) The Friends group welcomes new members and volunteers in their endeavors to support the Park. Please visit the Friends website for event details, information about projects, and upcoming events. Questions about the Pedal for the Park or the Friends can be directed to Executive Director Gayle Giesecke at (270) 758-2152 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org