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Press Release: April 20, 2011 - RMH Night Ride

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Night Ride photos available upon request.)

Contact:
Tracey Bradnan
Century Cycles
Cell: 440-781-7690
tracey@centurycycles.com

Contact:
Shelley Roth
Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland
216-229-5757 x120
sroth@clevelandrmh.org

Night Ride on the Towpath Trail on June 4 to benefit
The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland

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ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (April 20, 2011) - Enjoy two-wheeled fun to help one very special home at the 2nd annual Century Cycles Night Ride on the Towpath Trail to benefit the Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, June 4, at 8 p.m. It is a 12-mile moonlit bicycle ride that starts at Thornburg Station in Valley View (8111 Rockside Road, at the intersection of Canal and Rockside roads) - Century Cycles' first Towpath Night Ride in Cuyahoga county.

Bicyclists will ride the Towpath Trail south for six miles, enjoy snacks and beverages at the ride's turnaround point at the Station Road Bridge Trailhead, then bicycle back to the ride's starting point. Before they experience the nocturnal sights and sounds of one the area's most popular bike paths, they can register for a pre-ride raffle and enjoy cycle-your-own smoothies. The first 200 registrants receive a free event t-shirt.

The cost is $20 per person in advance or $25 per person night-of (100% of the proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland). Visit www.centurycycles.com/goto/RMH to register online and for more information, or call Century Cycles at 330-657-2209.

Bicyclists will be pedaling to help provide a home-away-from-home for families whose children are receiving medical care at nearby hospitals. One Night Rider's advance registration fee of $20 can make an impact: It's the same amount families are asked to donate nightly to stay at the Ronald McDonald House, although families are never turned away due to inability to pay and on average it costs the House over $80 per day to allow a family to stay. 

All skill levels are welcome to participate in this casual ride (not race). Bicyclists must have their own bicycle and wear a helmet. A bicycle headlight is also required; the Towpath Trail is unlit at night and very dark. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Plan to arrive a little early to make sure your bike is ready to go and you have a chance to enjoy the pre-ride festivities.

About Century Cycles Night Rides on the Towpath Trail

About to start their 17th season on April 23, Century Cycles Night Rides on the Towpath Trail are free group nighttime bicycle rides on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that start and end at Century Cycles' store in Peninsula. They attract hundreds of bicyclists who enjoy it as a fun family outing, a unique date night, or a just a casual bicycle ride with friends to experience one of the area's most popular bike paths in a whole new way - at night! Held from April through October, Century Cycles Night Rides are casual rides (not races) open to all skill levels and participants are encouraged to go at their own pace.

Never biked a Night Ride? Visit www.centurycycles.com/goto/nightrides for the complete 2011 schedule and videos from past rides.

Started in 1994 as a staff ride, Century Cycles Night Rides were in the national spotlight in 2009 when Bicycling Magazine, the world's #1 bicycling publication, dubbed them one of America's great local rides. In 2010, Bicycling Magazine cited the Towpath Trail as one of the reasons Cleveland is the 39th-best bicycling city in the United States.

About The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland

The Ronald McDonald House® of Cleveland, Inc. supports families whose children receive treatment at area medical centers by providing a home-like environment and essential resources and services.

Families are stronger when they are together, and their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. While we cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, we can help lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to get and keep their child healthy and happy.  Since 1979, our House has been a home away from home for over 31,000 families who have needed to stay close to their hospitalized child.

About Century Cycles

Century Cycles is an award-winning, locally-owned chain of independent bicycle stores in Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River, providing all types of bicycles and friendly, expert service to northeast Ohio bicyclists and their families. Founded in 1992, Century Cycles is an authorized dealer of Raleigh, Giant, Electra, Surly and Haro bicycles, as well as Santana tandems. The Peninsula store also rents bicycles year-round for riding on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

For nine consecutive years, Century Cycles has been voted a Top 100 Bike Retailer in the United States by Bicycle Retailer & Industry News magazine, a trade publication that honors the top 2% of the nation's independent bike stores. In 2010, Century Cycles was voted "Cleveland's Best Bike Shop" by the readers of Cleveland Magazine.

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1079 North Court Street, Medina, OH  44256
330-722-7119

1621 Main Street (Route 303), Peninsula, OH  44264
330-657-2209

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