The seventh annual Arkansas Ride for the Cure now features two days of activities.
A chip-timed night run is the newest addition to the event that raises money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The Main Street Mile is an evening race being held for the first time in downtown Jonesboro. It is set to begin at 8 p.m. Friday, July 31.
“We have a lot of runners who don't ride bikes. We also have a lot of riders who run,” said Andy Shatley, founder of Arkansas Ride for the Cure. “We are adding a one-mile race. It is the only one-mile race in Northeast Arkansas. It's a very unique event. It's going to be downtown. It's going to be a half-mile loop. We're going to run it twice of course.”
There's an awards ceremony planned for 9 p.m. at Brickhouse.
All runners will receive a discounted entry if they are also entered in the following day's Arkansas Ride for the Cure.
Arkansas Ride for the Cure on Saturday, Aug. 1, features a 20-, 45- and 62-mile ride.
"This is our seventh year. Seven years ago I wanted to do something to honor the battle of my mother and her sister, who are both breast cancer survivors,” said Shatley. “I love riding bikes and wanted to combine the two and that's how it initially got started. St. Bernards was very instrumental in helping me organize this event to honor the battle of women who are suffering from breast cancer. A lot of the funds that we generate through this event flow right back into Northeast Arkansas in the form of free mammograms.”
There will be a welcome, announcements and ride instructions at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Recognition of the survivor honoree, Jane McDaniel, happens at 7:40 a.m.
A Pink Pet Parade happens at 11 a.m.
For more information, contact Andy Shatley at 870-207-7800.
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