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Warsaw Hosts RIDE INDIANA Team to Support Hoosier Military Families

2016 April 26
by gregdemop

After a successful 2014 event, raising more than $25,000 to support Hoosier military families, RIDE INDIANA returns in 2016, and is riding through Warsaw. RIDE INDIANA is a 4-day, 300+ mile cycling journey across the State of Indiana, led by our wounded heroes, to raise funds to assist hoosier military families. The ride commences in Bloomington, Indiana on April 28th, and will finish at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis on May 1st, 2016. The ride consists of active-duty military, veterans, civilians, and anyone who desires to raise funds for local military families. Funds are raised through individual fundraising by each rider, corporate and individual sponsorships, RIDE INDIANA gear sales, and local fundraisers conducted throughout the ride.

RideIndianaWarsawOn Friday, April 29, at 6:00 PM, the team will arrive at Susie’s Sand Bar and Grill in Warsaw, Indiana for dinner, a fundraiser, and a meet-and-greet with the local community. The entire Warsaw community is encouraged to join the 2016 RIDE INDIANA Team in supporting Hoosier military families. On Saturday, April 30, at 7:00 AM, the team will meet with Mayor Joe Thallemer and local police for photos at Owens East before departing town. Local cyclists are encouraged to join the RIDE INDIANA Team for a portion of the ride south towards Indianapolis.

For more information on RIDE INDIANA, visit www.rideindiana.org. To make a $10 donation, text ‘America’ to 20222.

Input Needed To Help Improve Bicycling Locally

2016 April 26
by gregdemop

REGIONAL ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN INPUT NEEDED…ATP-img

Do you want to help improve and increase walking and bicycling in your community? The Michiana Area Council of Government (MACOG) is developing a regional Active Transportation Plan to make it easier for people to walk and bike in Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties. The plan will help identify needs, resources, and strategies to improve and increase walking and bicycling in the region.

They would like to know about your walking and bicycling preferences and what you think the region should do to improve active transportation in our community. Please take a moment to complete their survey, and encourage others to do so too. You can find the survey here. Great things are happening in our region and it is our ideas that can make a huge difference.

If you would like to know more about the Active Transportation Plan, you can visit their website.

Get Ready… Oktoberfest!

2015 September 25
by gregdemop

Are you ready for one of the funnest events of the year? Our friends at Cerulean Restaurant throw a big party for us, umm… well, to close their Garden Bar for the season, but it’s kicked off with a big, casual, just for fun, group ride and run, followed by great food, great brews, and live music – all evening. And proceeds benefit our local trails and the community’s Ride+Walk Warsaw+Winona Lake initiatives.

The only rules; take off at the start (5k trails loop or 6k road loop), do as many laps as you want in an hour, come back and get beer each lap, then stick around for the food, music, more cold brews, and raffle prizes – or go home, clean up, and come back. Either way, just be there and have a great time.

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Here are the details…

Festivities begin Saturday, Oct. 3 at 4:30pm:

4.30pm- Cerulean Garden OPENS ($5 cover)
4.30pm- Registration begins for Hash Ride & Run
5.00pm- Hash Ride & Run begins
6.00pm- Finish Line Party
6.30pm- Live music begins

Hash Ride & Run- $20 registration fee (includes free beer per lap, plus one food ticket, one drink ticket, & one raffle ticket for the Finish Line Party and Evening festivities).

All food items and beers will be paid for via tickets. Tickets will be $5 each. If you’re interested in one of our three VIP Packages, please contact us.

Spread the word, and share the event on social media. Check out Cerulean’s Facebook Event here.

Up Next | Fun Local Events and Out-of-Town Trips…

2015 August 29
by gregdemop

The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are starting to moderate, and before we know it, the leaves will be starting to change. So you’d think there wouldn’t be time to hold anymore events, but quite honestly, you wouldn’t be able to tell from the awesome line up that is in store for the community. Get outside and enjoy the weather and the season, and check out one or all of these great events available locally coming up, or venture out of town, and take a trip. Whoever says there is nothing to do for bicyclists in Kosciusko County just isn’t looking…

11068164_1411170902521722_7309310434741884189_n September 5: Tour de Brew | Indianapolis – Our friends at MudLOVE have asked us to share a great new event they are putting on… Tour de Brew events are a way for the craft beer and cycling communities to come together to help solve a serious world crisis—the lack of clean water. Millions of people around the world spend hours each day walking to fetch unsanitary water. All participants are encouraged to join a fun ride, touring Indy area breweries, and enjoying a beer at each location. Multiple lengths and routes are provided for all skill/fitness levels. Volunteers and Ride Leaders are still needed. Please contact Tour de Brew for more details.

September 12: Family Safety Day | Warsaw – Stop by Center Lake Park from 11am – 3pm for a chance to see fire trucks, helicopters, ambulances, police dogs, take bucket truck rides, participate in a bicycle rodeo and learn about safe cycling skills. These are just a few of the things in store for kids of all ages at the 2015 Play It Safe Family Safety Day, presented by the Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory. For more details, visit the city of Warsaw website.

September 12: Block of Love | Winona Lake – Our friends from MudLOVE are celebrating their 6th year with the biggest Village at Winona party yet! This is always a great afternoon, evening, and night for lovers of live music, good food, cold drinks, and fun for all ages. This year the focus will continue on ending the walk for water. A $5 suggested entry fee will be donated to Water for Good. Additionally, local non-profits will feature the amazing work they are doing out of love for our communities and planet. Be sure to show the love to our community and planet by RIDING YOUR BIKE to the Village, where KCV will be providing free valet bike parking, along with fun activities for the kids, including a bike and helmet check. Check out the food vendors and live music schedule, here.

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11951897_1142951199050946_2911549328304396832_nSeptember 26: Metzger Outdoors Nocturnal 6 | Winona Lake – Grab your flashlight and your friends for the 6th Annual Nocturnal Adventure Run, which is done completely in the dark. You provide the lights. Designed for ALL fitness levels, the race will be 2-4 miles in length, winding its way through woods, roads, sidewalks, and random places you’d never expect. Along the way, racers will encounter challenges and obstacles. You may run by yourself or as a team. The team size is unlimited, so bring as many people as you can. And all kinds of super cool awards and prizes for finishers and participants. Find out more here or register now.

October 3: OctoberFest Hash Ride & Run | Winona Lake – One of the funnest events of the year. Our friends at Cerulean throw a big party for us, umm… well, to close their Garden Bar for the season, but it’s kicked off with a big, group ride and run, followed by great food, great brews and live music all evening. And proceeds benefit our local trails. The only rules; head for the trails at the start, do as many laps as you want, come back and get beer each lap, stick around for the food and music, or go home, clean up, and come back. Either way, just be there and have a great time. More details coming soon.

October 29 – Nov 1: 2nd Mile Adventures Men’s Fall MTB Trip – Join the crew from 2nd Mile Adventures for their men’s (high school age and up) mountain bike trip to Bandy Creek Campground and Big South Fork trails, in Oneida, Tennessee. Leave from the Trailhouse Bike Shop parking lot at 6:30pm on Thursday, October 29 and return back to Winona Lake by 3am on Sunday morning, November 1st. $75 includes two full days of riding, transportation, 2MA gear, 1 fire-side dinner, 2 breakfasts. Bring snacks for the riding, and extra cash for meals on the way down and the way back. For more details, check out 2nd Mile Adventures.

November 4-8: Iceman Cometh MTB Race or Brevard, North Carolina Trip – Here are two great ways to hang onto fall as long as possible, and get some riding in the first weekend of November… The Annual Iceman Cometh Mountain Bike Race is the largest one day MTB event in the US. If you’re signed up, join the rest of the local Michiana mountain bikers heading to Traverse City. Or, if you’re looking for something a little warmer, and different, join the group from KCV heading south to Brevard, North Carolina to ride Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Park, along with visits to the Oskar Blues and Sierra Nevada breweries. If you think you’re interested in one of these trips, or for more details, contact KCV.

Save the Date(s) | August Events

2015 July 20
by gregdemop

RunRideforRideWalklogoIf you didn’t notice, Kosciusko County does a great job of providing plenty of opportunities for bicyclists of all skill levels to get outside and enjoy some fun events and many are for a great cause as well. Here’s a quick rundown of a few upcoming events taking place in August. Put these on your calendar and make sure to hit one of these events while summer is still here…

August 7: First Friday Warsaw – we always encourage people to ride their bikes downtown to enjoy the festivities of First Friday in Warsaw. With increased bike racks available downtown, and oftentimes other riders leaving from Trailhouse around 6pm, it’s a great way to enjoy the kick-off to the weekend and a new month, while helping the environment, alleviating traffic issues, and doing something good for your body.

August 16 – MMBRS NIMBA MTB Series / KCV MTB XC Race – Winona Lake Trails: The Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association does an amazing job building and maintaining mountain bike trails in the Michiana area, and their support of cycling is top notch. Come out to their fundraising race series which help support each of the local, northern Indiana mountain bike trails. The August 16 race benefits our local Winona Lake trails.

August 22: Run+Ride for Ride+Walk – Join us at the Winona Lake trails for a fun day of trail running and mountain bike racing all for a great cause. Choose from the 5/10k trail run in the morning and/or the 6/12 hour mountain bike endurance race in the afternoon. Gather up your team, or ride solo, while enjoying some great food, music, a day with friends (old and new), cold beer and a ton of fun for the right reason. Proceeds will benefit local trails, including the Ride+Walk Warsaw+Winona Lake initiative. Be sure to bring a costume and invite your friends. We’ll have random prizes drawn throughout the day for things like best costume, youngest participant, oldest participant, etc. Pre-register and save. Event t-shirts and meal tickets guaranteed for pre-registrants only.

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Youth Triathlon Clinics

2015 July 20
by gregdemop

erinrivich-250x350Got some budding triathletes in your home? Check out this amazing Kids Triathlon Clinic Series!

The Warsaw Parks and Recreation Department and Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club will be hosting the first ever KIDS TRIATHLON CLINICS for youth ages 5-10 years old on Monday July 27th, Tuesday July 28th, Wednesday July 29th, and Thursday, July 30th from 6-7:15pm at Pike Lake Beach.

Parents and volunteers are needed for the last clinic date (Thursday July 30th).

For more details including a Kids Triathlon Clinic information document and registration form, log onto warsaw.in.gov, click on PARKS & RECREATION, or e-mail them at parksevents@warsaw.in.gov. or call the Parks and Recreation Department Monday – Friday, 7am – 4pm at 574-372-9554 if you have any questions.

KCV Donates to New Ride+Walk Fund

2015 April 7
by gregdemop

Ride+WalkDonationKosciusko County Velo (KCV Cycling) has donated $5,000 to a newly established Ride+Walk Fund. The money will go to help reach the matching funds needed for the recent K21 Health Foundation’s 3-1 matching grant of $375,000 for the community’s Ride+Walk project on E. Market Street, which includes the addition of a world-class pedestrian and bicycle-friendly trail design, helping to eventually connect trails in Warsaw and Winona Lake.

“Although we’re a small non-profit, fully run by volunteers, we have a large mission focused on helping the community through our shared passion for bicycling,” said Greg Demopoulos, KCV President. “It is an honor to be able to donate to a community initiative we are so proud of. It’s ultimately what we want to do as an organization – raise awareness for the benefits of bicycling, offer activities and education to help improve community health, and encourage others in the community to join us in raising funds to build trails and provide access to the infrastructure needed to make our community a better place to live, work, and play.”

The Ride+Walk Fund held in partnership with K21 Health Foundation will allow for organizations and individuals to easily make donations for future infrastructure and education improvements outlined by the Ride+Walk Master Plan. In 2012, the Ride +Walk Master Plan was developed through several public input meetings in coordination with the Indiana Department of Health, the city of Warsaw, and the town of Winona Lake.

“Our hope is that our entire community embraces whatever healthy living opportunities are available to them, and interests them. Supporting the progress through advocacy, financial donations, volunteerism, and lifestyle commitments are important for everyone to provide a vibrant community,” said Rich Haddad, K21 Health Foundation President and CEO.

“The persistent grassroots efforts of Kosciusko County Velo have been the catalyst for the Indiana Department of Health planning grant that funded our current Ride+Walk Master Plan. They have also been foundational to the significant progress we have made over the past three years to develop and grow our Ride+Walk infrastructure,” said Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer. “Private donations from individuals and organizations are most critical to assist as match funds to leverage public allocations and grant opportunities. The growth of our community trail system has gained tremendous momentum. It is now up to all of us to sustain that growth!”

“Ride+Walk Warsaw + Winona Lake is about making it as safe, easy, and fun as possible to get from here to there. KCV does a wonderful job of ‘getting the wheels rolling,’ and when those riders want to integrate bikes further into their daily routine, we have a great team of partners working together to make that possible. The challenges that come with this integration are as diverse as the members of our community, and it takes a village (and a city) to make it happen,” said Tim Dombrosky, Warsaw Assistant City Planner and Ride+Walk Warsaw+Winona Lake Coordinator.

Donations can be made to the Ride+Walk Fund through the Ride+Walk Warsaw+Winona Lake website at www.ridewalk.com or through the K21 Health Foundation website at www.k21foundation.org

PHOTO: Kosciusko County Velo (KCV) Board Members and volunteers donated $5000 to the newly established Ride+Walk Fund to Warsaw Assistant City Planner and Ride+Walk Warsaw+Winona Lake Coordinator Tim Dombrosky, K21 Health Foundation President Rich Haddad, and Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer. (Pictured from left to right): Megan Metzger, Bruce Lankenau, Fred Helfrich, Tim Dombrosky, Matt Metzger, Greg Demopoulos, Barry McManus, Todd Snyder, Hunter Metzger, Jacob Moore, Rich Haddad, Andy Cochran, Joe Thallemer, Rob Bishop, Russell Webb, Kami Johnson, and Chris Gaby.