Bike events are becoming very popular in the Washington DC area. Bicycling is a wonderful way to improve your health and a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Some bike events raise money for Washington, DC area charities, while others just offer a day of fun and activity. Here is the schedule of events in the Washington, DC area, including Maryland and Virginia: (in order by date)
Bike to Work Day
May 17, 2013 – Washington DC
Each May thousands of Washington, DC commuters participate in Bike to Work Day, an annual celebration sponsored by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Commuter Connections to encourage bicycling as a “clean, fun and healthy way to get to work.” The organizations set up pit stops around the region that offer breakfast, entertainment, safety tips and chances to win bicycles and other prizes.
Annual Ride for Rockville Bicycle Tour
May 26, 2013 – Rockville, MD
Part of the Hometown Holidays Memorial Day Celebration. Ride at your own pace through the neighborhoods of Rockville, Maryland. Choose from a 10-mile or a 25-mile route. Meet at the Rockville Town Center near Regal Cinemas. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the Rockville Youth Recreation Fund and Rockville Bikeway Enhancement Fund which provide financial assistance and recreational opportunities for local residents.
National Capital Tour de Cure
June 2, 2013 – Reston, VA
The American Diabetes Association hosts its annual National Capital Tour de Cure bicycling event in Reston, Virginia to support diabetes awareness, education, research, and advocacy. The Tour de Cure is not a race, but rather a ride that encourages people of all experience levels to participate in an event to raise the level of awareness about diabetes.
U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic
June 8-9, 2013 – Crystal City, VA
The U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic is a two-day cycling event including Pro races for qualified professionals, and the Crystal Ride, a non-competitive ride for cycling enthusiasts of all abilities.
Lymphoma Research Ride
September 22, 2013 - Barnesville, MD
Cycle for a cause during a non-competitive bike ride through Montgomery County. This annual bike ride raises funds for the Lymphoma Research Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to funding lymphoma research to eradicate the disease and serve those affected. Cyclists of all skill levels can participate in a 25, 39 or 50-mile ride alongside lymphoma survivors and supporters.
Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember
October 12, 2013 – National Harbor, MD
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is sponsoring a Bicycle Ride and 5K Run/Walk to honor the contribution and sacrifices law enforcement officers make every day. The event is designed to raise funds to help the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund continue its work in researching fallen law enforcement officers, conducting vital officer safety programs, maintaining the Memorial grounds, and building the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum.
Participants are asked to raise at least $53 — a symbolic reminder that every 53 hours a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty.
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