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Looking for an active vacation for your family? Come ride the fault line June 22-28, 2014. During this 7-day, supported bicycle tour of the Mississippi River Valley, you'll start and finish in Sikeston, MO, visiting 4 states and traveling 400 miles.
Along the way you'll spend an evening at Caruthersville’s riverfront and riverboat casino; visit Big Oak Tree State Park; learn the history of the 1812 New Madrid Earthquake; and visit Civil War era mansions and battle sites.
Check out the full trip itinerary.
Registration is open until June 21. Rider check-in and late registration is 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 21 at the YMCA of Southeast Missouri, 511 Taylor Street, Sikeston, MO 63801. First riding day begins 6 a.m. Sunday, June 22. Registration available for partial tour riders and non-riders (includes camping fees and meals).
The Cotton Ramble Bike Ride begins and ends at the Sikeston Depot Museum in downtown Sikeston. Riders travel along shaded, tree-lined streets with majestic homes constructed in the early 1900s. This event is not a race. It is designed to allow riders to choose their routes based on their own level of training.
Choose from 13-, 26-, 65- and 100-mile rides. The longer routes leave town, traveling along fields of cotton, soybeans and corn. On the 26- and 65-mile routes you can visit two working cotton gins, each offering free tours. All routes are well marked and include rest stops with refreshments and toilet facilities.
While downtown, enjoy the Harvest Festival and Antique Tractor Show in Legion Square (adjacent to the Depot). You're invited to enjoy downtown's galleries, antique and collectible stores, and boutique shopping.
Registration at the Depot Museum: Oct. 10, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Oct. 12, 7:30 a.m. Ride begins at 8:30 AM at the Red Caboose.
Cycle for the Future is a new Special Olympics Missouri fundraiser aimed at raising awareness and funds for SOMO's Training for Life Campus.
The fundraiser will be two 2-day simultaneous rides, both of which will end in Jefferson City; one begins in St. Louis and the other in Clinton.
The St. Louis-Jefferson City route is as follows: 103.7 miles - Start in St. Charles (Sept. 20) - Camp in Hermann - End in Jefferson City (Sept. 21)
The Clinton-Jefferson City route is as follows: 121.4 miles - Start in Clinton (Sept. 20) - Camp in Boonville - End in Jefferson City (Sept. 21)
Registration fee is $310 and covers a breakfast, lunch and dinner over the weekend as well as camping, showers, SAG stop food and drink, goody bags and more. Because this is our first year putting on such an event, we've decided to put a cap on the number of riders on each route at 300 (600 total).
The registration fee covers the cost of sending one of our 17,000+ athletes to the State Summer Games competition in May ($55), the State Outdoor Games competition ($55) in October and a week-long Sports Camp in June ($200). We hope to have fundraising incentives posted in the near future.
Editor's Note: address shown above is for the Special Olympics office. Actual event location is Katy Trail State Park with starting points in St. Charles and Clinton.
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