Colorado’s 4-H youth, staff and friends are gearing up for this year’s 200-mile Pedal the Plains cycling tour September 14-16. Twelve cyclists are set to ride on the 4-H team, and 4-H club members will staff rider aid stations along the route.
The three-day adventure will begin in Kiowa this year, continue on to Bennett and finish in Limon. Colorado’s 4-H program is one of the nonprofit organizations supported by Pedal the Plains and will receive a $7,000 grant. The funds will support programs, scholarships and volunteer development for 4-H programs in this year’s event host communities of Adams, Arapahoe, Elbert and Lincoln counties.
4-H Foundation Director Rochelle Platter will drive the 2018 Ford F-150 Foundation raffle truck along the route as part of its final promotional exposure before the CSU Ag Day with 4-H football game on Saturday, September 22nd. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase all three days of the tour.
Now in its seventh year, Pedal the Plains was conceived when Colorado Governor Hickenlooper and former Denver Post publisher and longtime 4-H Supporter Dean Singleton discussed a way to highlight the communities of Colorado’s Eastern Plains. The initiative helps fund nonprofit organizations in the tour’s host communities that provide services for youth through programs related to recreation and/or youth education.
Local 4-H clubs within this year’s host communities are encouraged to volunteer at the event. Contact Janice Schemp at 970-491-2768 for more details.
For more information about Pedal the Plains, or to register, visit PedalthePlains.com.