FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 20, 2013) – Whether you’re a cyclist, a runner or a Southwest Florida resident simply seeking a bit of local flavor, you’re sure to satisfy your appetite for excitement at the 10th Annual Everyone Rides fundraising event on Sunday, Dec. 8, at JetBlue Park located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers.
Presented by Ted Todd Insurance, Everyone Rides is a multi-event fundraiser to support the programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, which provide safe and supportive low-cost community afterschool enrichment programs to an estimated 1,400 Lee County children each year. Everyone Rides includes a family-friendly, non-competitive Everyone Rides bicycle ride. Riders may choose from four, fully supported distances. The start time is 7:30 a.m. for the 62- and 100-mile rides and 9:30 a.m. for the 15- and 30-mile rides.
The event also includes Everyone Runs and Everyone Relax.
Everyone Runs gives participants a chance to join either a 5K fun run or timed, competitive half marathon. All finishers will run across home plate at JetBlue Park, and all half-marathon finishers will receive a special finishers medal. The start time is 7:30 a.m. for the half-marathon and 9:30 a.m. for the 5K fun run.
Everyone Relax welcomes attendees with delicious food from 20 of Southwest Florida’s most popular eateries and gives them a chance to enjoy a picnic in the bleachers at JetBlue Park or even atop the legendary “Green Monster.” A brunch menu will be served starting at 9 a.m., and a lunch menu will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Everyone Relax also includes a health, lifestyle and fitness expo with offerings from an estimated 40 vendors including prizes, raffles, free drawings and a silent auction. It will also have a special “Kid Zone” with bounce houses, laser tag, a rock wall and more for the whole family to enjoy.
Admission to Everyone Relax is $10 and includes a free swag bag for children 12 years old and younger. VIP Everyone Relax admission is available for $25 and includes complimentary beer and wine. Admission to Everyone Relax is included to participants of Everyone Rides and Everyone Runs.
“We are excited to host an event that encourages heart-healthy family fun while showcasing the beauty of Southwest Florida,” said Shannon Lane, chief professional officer of the BGCLC. “We are fortunate to have the strong leadership of Matt McCain on this project; Because of him, this event has grown leaps and bounds in the past few years. We have riders and runners signed up from all over the United States. In honor of its 10th anniversary, we have a few surprises in store for our guests.”
Everyone Rides will also feature special guest appearances by professional cyclists Frankie Andreu, Tom Danielson and Phil Gaimon. Andreu retired from racing in 2000 after a 12-year career, during which he competed in the Tour de France nine times. After more than a decade of riding at the highest levels of competition, one of Danielson’s greatest performances occurred last year with his dramatic solo victory on Stage 3 of the USA Pro Challenge. Gaimon is currently riding for Bissell Pro Cycling and recently announced that he has signed to ride for Team Garmin-Sharp in 2014.
Full event information, including registration and fees, for Everyone Rides and Everyone Runs is available at www.everyonerides.org and www.everyoneruns.org. A pasta lunch for these event participants will be held at the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower located at 13051 Bell Tower Drive in Fort Myers on Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon to 3 p.m.
The success of Everyone Rides is due in part to the support of its sponsors including Everyone Rides Presenting Sponsor Ted Todd Insurance, Everyone Rides Event Sponsor Radiology Regional Center, Kid Zone Sponsor the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida at Lee Memorial Health System, and numerous other major local sponsors including the Red Sox Foundation, Naples Cyclery, Caloosa Riders, the Naples Velo, Vein Specialists, and Kelly, Passidomo & Alba Attorneys at Law. The event’s media sponsor is Florida Weekly.
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs is to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The BGCLC strives to provide a safe, world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors. The organization envisions all of its members graduating high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living a healthy lifestyle.
Clubs are located in communities with the greatest need where similar services are limited or nonexistent. Membership dues are $10 per school year so that all children can have access to our programs. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County relies upon the philanthropic support of individuals, corporations and foundations in order to sustain and grow its services.
For more information about Everyone Rides, visit www.everyonerides.org or call Matt McCain at 239-209-8891.