For the City Times
STEVENS POINT – This year the Pedal Point Rally has a few new things. Organized by the Hostel Shoppe to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County, this event will take place July 15-16.
In the past, the Pedal Point Rally was a one-day event where participants met in person at the hostel shop to complete their bike challenge. However, it has since evolved. Last year, event-goers could choose between a virtual bike challenge, an in-person ride, or both.
This year’s Pedal Point Rally will now also feature an ice cream ride and rally dinner on July 15. Riders will meet at the Hostel Shoppe to cycle approximately 10 miles to local ice cream parlors to devour an ice cream cone, then return to the hostel. Shoppe to enjoy a delicious dinner provided by KitchensBrew to kick off the event weekend. To participate in the Walk and Ice Cream Rally, you must pay a $50 entry fee; this fee will cover the Friday and Saturday events.
The in-person main event will meet on July 16 at the Hostel Shoppe, where runners can choose between five different ride lengths: a 60-mile ride, a 40-mile ride, a 20-mile ride, a 13 miles or 4 -mile Rich Johnson family ride. Participants can choose to be part of a team or ride individually, but there is a $25 entry fee for adults and a $10 entry fee for children to participate in the event. Saturday only. Registration fees will increase on July 1st. Boys & Girls Club members travel free thanks to Mark Toyota of Plover. To register, visit www.bgclubpc.org/pedalpointrally.
Saturday’s event will include an awards ceremony, food trucks, bouncy house and games for attendees to enjoy. Rewards will be given to the participant who travels the most kilometers and to the participant who collects the most pledges or donations. Portesi Italian Foods will provide free cheese fries and pizza to children.
The Pedal Point Rally raises funds for Boys and Girls Club programming. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Club, which currently serves 2,000 young people. With community involvement, the club can continue to impact the lives of local youth and open doors for future leaders in Portage County.