Bike rally planned for kids

2013-05-08T00:00:00Z Bike rally planned for kidsRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent
May 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

When I was young, we just hopped on our bikes and tore out into the street; off on another adventure. But now there are so many other factors to consider when you send your kid out on a bicycle. More cars on the road, drivers being distracted by phones, eating etc. Now, I’m not saying that those things should be going on when driving but I think a child has a much better chance if they wear at least a helmet when they’re out riding. An event coming up this Saturday will help kids learn how important safety equipment is and that wearing a helmet and other equipment can prevent injuries while riding like the wind.

Every year at this time, Portage firefighters come out to sponsor and participate in the annual Portage Fire Department Bike Rodeo and Safety Day. Everything will be held at Willowcreek Middle School parking lot from 9 until noon. They are asking if you come by car to please park in the parking lot between Ayelsworth Elementary School and Willowcreek Middle School and you should bring your bike.

The event includes a skills course designed to practice bicycle safety on an obstacle course and “learning the rules of the road.” Free safety helmets will be given away and fitted for children without one while supplies last. Other events include showing the kids how to perform a maintenance check on their bicycle and registering bikes in case of theft.

Thanks goes to the sponsors of event; Portage Firefighter’s Local 3151, Porter Health System and the Portage Kiwanis Club.

So come on out and have a great, safe time and visit with all your favorite emergency professionals and check some of their great equipment too. For more information call (219) 762-7404.

If you look for an extremely good run look no further. It’s time to register for the RE/MAX Affiliates Memorial Day Trail Run Xtreme 12K. This year's run will be on May 27 at Imagination Glen Park, Outback Trail, east side off of Route 149. Same day registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The course is a run unlike any others in the greater Chicagoland area. It is an extremely rugged 12K trail course traversing hills, log jumps, creek crossings, mud and switchbacks over single track mountain bike trails. Runners will get muddy and wet. There is a Kids Mile Course that is a two lap easier version over a rolling course. Kids race starts at 8:15 a.m.

The cost is $25 for pre-registered before May 13, $30 after and on race day. Kids are $15 before May 13 and $20 after and on race day. You can register online at

This event is a Calumet Region Striders Gold Cup Series Race and a XYZ Trail Series Race. There are technical T-shirts for all pre-registered runners and until they run out on race day. Runner’s Art awards will be given for several categories and special awards will be given to runners that are veterans. All proceeds for the race will be given to Gabriel’s Horn Homeless Shelter and the Outback Trail Commission.

Come on out and enjoy the extreme things in life.

Lastly, this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Please remember to celebrate your mother this weekend in some way. You wouldn’t be here without her.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion.

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