Bike ride through forest benefits special education

  • Friday, February 22, 2013

On Saturday, March 2, parents and teachers at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant will host the third annual SPE.ED. Ride at Awendaw Green to benefit the school’s special education programs.

When special education funding was scaled back across the state in 2009 and 2010, Chris Morrell - a special needs parent and an avid bicyclist - responded. He conceived of a family-oriented bicycle ride and an after party at Awendaw Green. The idea quickly caught on among parents and teachers, and the SPE.ED. Ride was born. With the event planning resources of the Trek Bicycle Store in Mount Pleasant, in its brief two years, the SPE.ED. Ride has drawn a couple hundred bicyclists and has generated more than $4,000 for these programs.

This year’s ride through the Francis Marion National Forest has two different distances to choose from - 25 miles or 62.5 miles (a metric century). The finale will feature live music on the green and a Lowcountry boil to replace those burned calories.

Registration is now open online until the end of the day on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The cost to ride is $25 for the short route and $35 for the metric century. If you’re not a rider, you can still enjoy the after party and food by purchasing extra tickets for the Lowcountry boil for $15 in advance or $20 at the event.

Late registration is also available to riders with a $10 surcharge on Friday, March 1st at the Trek Bicycle Store of Mount Pleasant at 1180 Oakland Market Road and on Saturday, March 2 at Awendaw Green at 4879 Highway 17 North.

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