17th annual Raintree Ride is Sept. 30
By KEVIN GREEN - email@example.com
Biking enthusiasts and those interested in helping maintain and expand Henry County’s walking and biking trails are encouraged to participate in an upcoming event designed to raise funds and promote a healthier lifestyle.
The 17th annual Raintree Ride, sponsored by Healthy Communities of Henry County, is scheduled for Sept. 30. The ride will begin at the Wilbur Wright Trail Head located just west of the Henry County YMCA, 300 Wittenbraker Ave., New Castle. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the ride itself is scheduled to starts at 8:45 a.m.
“We anticipate Phase 2 of the Wilbur Wright Trail to be done and open for the Raintree Ride on Sept. 30,” Healthy Communities of Henry County Trails Coordinator Jeff Ray said. “This extension will add 1.1 miles to the current trail, bringing the distance to 3.1 miles one way.”
Healthy Communities board president Nancy Cook said the Raintree Ride is open to young and old alike and is fun and challenging for all riders, no matter their level of experience.
“This is a great weekend event for families to bike together,” she added.
Local biking enthusiast Mike Broyles, who has participated in the Raintree Ride several times, agreed.
“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “I think maybe the best part is seeing different parts of the county than you normally would. The ride this year is similar to last year, but there will be a few changes.”
The Raintree Ride offers an option of a six, 33, or 62 mile bicycle rides that start and end at the Wilbur Wright Trail Head and takes riders through scenic Henry County. Participants will have the opportunity to see Big Blue River, Wilbur Wright Birthplace and Knightstown’s historic Hoosier Gym, which was featured in the 1986 movie, “Hoosiers.”
Broyles noted several miles of the rural Henry County roads used during the ride are in better shape than was the case in recent years past.
He also pointed out you don’t have to be an expert level biker to join in the fun.
“There’s no time limit that you have to complete the ride in,” he said. “You can ride at your own pace. Also, it’s not required that you complete the entire distance. Somebody could ride halfway or a quarter of the way and then turn around and return to the Y if that’s what they wanted to do.”
Registering by Sept. 15 will secure a spot and guarantee participants a long-sleeved shirt. Registration fees are $30 if paid by Sept. 15. The cost increases to $35 after Sept. 15.
Registration will continue up until the morning of the event. Shirts, more specifically shirt sizes, are not guaranteed to participants who register after the pre-registration deadline.
Participants can register and pay at www.hchcin.org via PayPal.
All proceeds from this event go toward developing the recreational trails system in Henry County through efforts put forth by Healthy Communities of Henry County, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life in Henry County.
For more information call YMCA at 765-524-3804 ext.8.
Healthy Communities named best local nonprofit
By Victor Hamilton - firstname.lastname@example.org |
Healthy Communities of Henry County has been selected for the 2017 Best of New Castle Awards for Non-Profit Organization. The New Castle Award Program recognizes the best business and organization in New Castle.
Established in the 1980s, Healthy Communities of Henry County was established as a non profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for Henry County residents.
“It’s always satisfying for all the amount of work we put in year in and year out,” said Jeff Ray, Healthy Communities of Henry County Trail Coordinator. “We’re just trying to make Henry County better. Month in and month out, year in and year out, (to) make Henry County a better place to live.”
One of the ways the organization aims to improve the quality of life for Henry County residents is by maintaining, developing and expanding trails.
“We’re especially proud of the trails here in Henry County: The Wilbur Wright Trail, the National Road Heritage Trail, Woolly Bear Parkway Trail, as well as the New Castle bike and pedestrian master plan that we helped on,” Ray said.
Currently, Healthy Communities of Henry County is involved with the second phase of construction of the Wilbur Wright Trail, which will extend the trail 1.1 miles and be completed in September. Ray said the organization also plans to extend the other trails in the county within the next two years.
In addition to working on trails, Healthy Communities of Henry County also gives around 1,000 trees to Henry County residents each year. The trees are purchased from the Indiana State Nursery and they are distributed to local residents free of charge. Many of them are distributed through a partnership with the Henry County Solid Waste Management District.
Because it’s a non profit organization, Ray said Healthy Communities is always looking for volunteers willing to donate time.
“We’re always looking for volunteers to help out. They help out with trail maintenance and they help out with getting some of the trees out of the way,” Ray said. “We put on a couple of events each year, so they help out with that.”
One of those events will be held Sept. 30, when the organization will host its annual Raintree Ride. The bike ride is still being planed, but in the past has ranged from six to 100 miles in length and tickets usually cost around $30.
Proceeds from the ride go towards maintaining local trails and funding the various other activities the organization takes part in.
Please consider a donation to help us carry on our many projects that make Henry County a more exciting and beautiful place to live. Your generous gifts enables us to continue building trails, planting trees and enhancing parks throughout the county. Healthy Communities of Henry County is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that relies on community support and partnership to carry out its mission. All donations are tax deductible.
Calendar of Events
Healthy Communities of Henry County Monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00p.m. in the Community Center conference room at 100S Main St., New Castle. Come and join us.
HCHC Annual Meeting Thursday Feb. 23rd, 11:30am
2016 Earth Day Festival Sat. April 23
Free Tree Giveaway-April 2016
16th Annual Raintree Ride, Saturday October 1
International Walk to School Day Oct. 9,
Our Board of Directors
Nancy Smith Cook , President
JoAnne McCorkle, Vice President
Dennis Hamilton, Secretary
Jerry Cash, Treasurer
Jan Lockridge, Website and Social Media
'Thank You!' to our generous sponsors:
Ball Brothers Foundation
Bloomington Bicycle Club for NRHT
Central Indiana Hydro-seed
City of New Castle
Harold and Nancy Cook
Friends of Rick Purvis
Friends of Betsy Smith
Cathy & Dennis Hamilton
Healthy Communities Annual Mtg. Attenders
Henry Community Health
Henry County Community Foundation
Henry County Health Department Henry County Henry County Hospital Foundation
Henry County Solid Waste Management-
Henry County YMCA
Indiana Heritage Trust
Inter-local Community Action Program
Randy & Marcia Jones
Duane & Beverly Mathews
JoAnne & Ric McCorkle
NCHC Economic Development Corp.
Norfolk & Southern Railroad
Pfenninger, Claxton & Estelle Insurance
John & Jane Pidgeon
John Pratt Family
Raintree Cycling Club
Raintree Ride participants
Jeff & Judy Ray
Jim & Joyce Ray
Saint Anne's Church
Shoreline Asset Investments LLC
South Henry Regional Waste District
Tri-State Forestry Services
Dr. Helen Steussy
E. Walters Trust
Chris Williams & Family
Healthy Communities and Economic Development
Mr. Bob Grewe, President and CEO of the New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corp. recently spoke at the Healthy Communities annual board meeting, touting the work of Healthy Communities - particularly the recreational trails system development - as a great asset to Henry County. To view more of Mr. Grewe's presentation, please click here. To find out more about economic development in Henry County, please visit the NCHC EDC homepage!
Healthy Communities of Henry County
100 S. Main St., Suite 102
PO Box 921
New Castle, IN 47362
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100 S. Main St., Suite 102
PO Box 921
New Castle, IN 47362
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