Habitat gears up for Bike to Build April 5
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
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Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland employees plan to keep their fingers crossed in hopes the prediction of sunny skies stays true for this year’s Bike to Build.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 5.

Events coordinator Brittany Sloan said the Habitat team always looks forward to the opportunity to engage with the community on a wide scale.

Each Bike to Build event brings in about $40,000. That is just shy of the needed $50,000 to build a Habitat home. This year’s event will sponsor a home build for Maria Perez and her three children.

Sloan said the local nonprofit would be unable to build homes without the help of volunteers and donors.

“It is people in the community who help us make a difference,” she said. “We can’t do it without them. With the community, we are able to give hard-working families a chance to have a home and make that dream a reality.”

Saturday will mark the fifth year Habitat’s Bike to Build has been a part of the Cleveland community. Hundreds of local and visiting riders have participated in past years. Sloan said it is not too late for anyone who wishes to join this week.

The standard rate registration fee is $50. Participants will receive a free cotton T-shirt, snacks, lunch, a goody bag and full SAG service (support and gear). The VIP package rate is $65 and includes a Dri-Fit T-shirt upgrade, speedometer, zippered sports bag, lunch, SAG service, snacks and a goody bag.

Both packages can be found online at habitatofcleveland.org under the ‘events’ tab.

Participants who wait until the day of the event to sign up will have to pay a fee of $75.

Event sponsor Toyota of Cleveland will host early registration on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Sloan said event day is less hectic if participants register on Friday. Registration begins at 7 a.m. the day of the event.

All course routes start and end at Bradley Central High School. There are three choices: 

n 20K (12.4 miles) starts at 9 a.m. and has one SAG stop at mile 5;

n 50K (31.07 miles) starts at 8:30 a.m. and has SAG stops at miles 10 and 19;

n 100K (62 miles) starts at 8 a.m. and has SAG stops at miles 18, 34 and 50.

Habitat encourages participants to raise money through sponsorships. The suggested goal is $100 for each rider. Fundraising is not necessary, but all money goes toward “building a home for a family in need.” Funds raised will be turned in at check-in.

Participants also have the opportunity to form rider teams and spirit rider teams (in memory of a loved one).

A family fun zone will be set up for kids attending the event. There will be face painting, silly hair creations, a photo booth, popcorn and cotton candy. Prices for the fun zone are minimal.

All riders are encouraged to show up an hour before start time. Scott’s Bikes will be present to aid with any needed last-minuted mechanical help.

Sloan said the event is made successful by the riders, Toyota of Cleveland and the volunteers who come out rain or shine.