Cycling Event Planned To Support Sisters of St. Benedict

FERDINAND (Local Sources) – The third annual “Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo”, a DC Multisport event that supports the Sisters of St. Benedict and their work with The Family Scholar House, is planned to take place September 19 and 20, 2015 in conjunction with the Ferdinand Folk Festival. On Saturday, three bike routes are available to choose from; 26, 33, or 50 miles with another 50 mile ride on Sunday the 20th. The rides will showcase beautiful Dubois and surrounding counties.

The proceeds for this event are given to the Sisters of St. Benedict to support their work with The Family Scholar House. The mission of this thriving organization is to “End the cycle of poverty and transform our community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency.” Donations from previous years have assisted with college tuition and fees, apartment rent, college and children’s books, school supplies for parents and children, gas cards to assist with school transportation, SERVUS! gift cards for special occasions to treat mothers/fathers, and much more!

In previous years, proceeds for the cycling event have totaled $10,686.00. We can only hope to continue to support this life-changing organization.

On Saturday, the multiple routes will cater to a variety of interests and abilities. One of the main features is a SAG stop at historic League Stadium and a pedal through the charming Victorian-styled business district in Huntingburg. The long route briefly visits Jasper before turning southeast toward St. Anthony and putting your legs to the test on the increasingly difficult hills near the Ferdinand State Forest.

On Sunday, a single route option will take adventurous spirits past the stunning St. Meinrad Archabbey, over some leg burning hills and through the perpetually festive town of Santa Claus, and back to Ferdinand over lightly traveled undulating roads.

This tour of Dubois and surrounding counties will be one to bring you back year after year to marvel at the rural landscapes, enjoy some of the smoothest county roads in the state, and partake in an abundance of FREE family-friendly activities at the Ferdinand Folk Festival. The rides begin at 8:30am Eastern Time at the Tri-County YMCA both days. Shower facilities (bring your own towel) will be available to all riders interested in taking in the Folk Festival in 18th Street Park following the rides.

Registration forms are available at the Dubois County Visitors Center or you can go online to www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com to the events tab and click on bicycle ride and print off a form and mail in or go online to www.active.com and register.

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