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Relay bike ride fundraiser raises $1.2K



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The oldest rider of the day, Roy Baum, 78. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
May 03, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Southbridge Bicycle Shop teamed with the Southbridge Relay For Life's "The Dream Team," to raise more than $1,000 to add to the team's contribution toward this year's Relay by having a 30-mile and 50-mile bike ride Sunday, May 1.

The event started at the Southbridge Bicycle Shop, located at 100 Central St., and looped back around. The furthest point in the 50-mile loop was to Putnam, Conn. The event was organized by Dream Team co-captain Elaine Ellsworth and storeowner Jon Steppic.

"In total, we had close to 50 riders today," said Steppic. "We postponed the event due to rain, which was originally supposed to take place on Sunday, April 17, but just about everyone who originally planned to do this showed up. I'm happy with the turnout."

Ellsworth was proud of the turnout as well, also noting the diversity of the bikers, ranging from a large amount of middle-aged men, but also with a man nearing 80-years-of-age, teenagers and a member from the Center of Hope.

The cost of the ride was $25 in advance and $30 the day of.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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