Knapp’s Cyclery will host an open house for Anchor House tomorrow, Jan. 11, for potential Ride for Runaways participants and veteran riders.
The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the bike shop, which is located at 1761 Princeton Avenue in Lawrence. The first 50 riders who attend the event will receive freebies, including Knapp’s gift certificates, water bottles, and t-shirts.
Cyclists can experience a simulation of the the hardest climb of the 2015 Ride for Runaways on a CompuTrainer. Mini-workshops will cover: bike fit and selection, equipment, and clothing cyclists need for the ride; safety; training, fitness, and nutrition, navigation and how to read a cue sheet or use a Garmin GPS; and bike maintenance.
Anchor House leaders will also talk about the new Anchor House Ride Ambassador program. Refreshments will be served.
The Ride for Runaways raises money for Anchor House, the only emergency shelter in Mercer County for runaway, abused and neglected children and teens. The ride raises more than a third of the funds needed to cover the operating costs for the shelter and other programs. Last year the ride raised almost $600,000.
The 37th annual ride will kick off Saturday, July 11 and end Saturday, July 18. More than cyclists and support crew members will begin their 500-mile journey in Oswego, New York, and make stops in Geneva, Corning, and Wellsboro before heading to Pennsylvania, where they will stop in Williamsport, West Hazleton, and Bethlehem before returning to Trenton.
Visit the Anchor House Ride website for more information about the ride. Applications for the ride will be available later this month online.