MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX – More than 300 cyclists took to the streets and through the Willis and Conroe Hills early Sunday morning July 4 in the 17th annual ‘Burn Your Buns’ bike ride to benefit Bridgewood Farms.
Runners aged 10 to 85 completed the 20, 31 or 62 mile course (twice looping) along the tree-lined streets and hills of Willis. Many participants “doubled the fun” by going down and down twice to cover the 62 miles. Fun-yes! Most of the participants returned after making it a tradition year after year.
The Woodlands Cycling Club (WCC) strives to ensure the success of the ride by recruiting law enforcement, volunteers and officials to monitor the course. The WCC has supported the bike ride since its inception in January 2004. The first hiking event was held in February 2004 under the name “Ride from the Heart”, but with only 15 participants and freezing cold weather, the event was changed in July and renamed Burn Your Buns Bike Ride. The WCC is responsible for the route, TXDOT approvals and all promotion to cycling clubs.
In 2020, COVID complicated a lot of things in our lives and the Bridgewood Farms fundraiser was canceled, so it was good for it to resume with community support this year. All attendees were thrilled that the event returned and that the 2021 Bike Ride raised over $ 12,000 to complete programs and services for 120 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Montgomery County and its surrounding areas. surroundings.
“Bridgewood Farms was lucky it didn’t rain, it wasn’t too hot and everyone had a blast rolling through the scenic countryside,” said Enid Goodman, Managing Director of Bridgewood Farms. “Our lunch this year was a family tradition – our usual hot dogs, delicious snacks, sweet watermelon and a fan favorite, Blue Bell ice cream! We are very grateful for the continued community support for our program and activities, which is essential for our continued growth. We look forward to next year’s event – July 4, 2022! ”
Presented by the Woodlands Cycling Club, sponsors included Kroger; Tom and Mary Krolczyk; Blue Bell creameries; the Union Pacific rail route; The Borden dairy; Church of the Arch; Tim and Anthony Duckworth; Honor coffee; Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart; MCHD; the Borski tavern; Speed Pro signs Magnolia; Mail; K-Star Radio; Taylorized RP; Race-ready repair; Jeffrey Tacy and Marissa Gonzalez; Guarantee bank; Helen & Lynn Schwisow; Curtis, Marge and John Hildebrandt; Commissioner Walker, City # 1; Custom Cannon Homes; Rotary Conroe; Lake Conroe Rotary; National charity leagues (Bluebonnets & Monarchs); Kris and Michael McBride; Christy Smith and her family; MC Constables, City # 1; MCSO; Willis PD; City of Willis; Lynch Signs and the staff and board of directors of Bridgewood Farms.
Founded in 1967, Bridgewood Farms’s mission is to provide programs and services to enable people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach their full potential through training and life experiences that build self-esteem and promote personal independence. Bridgewood Farms gives more than 100 teens and adults the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives.
Clients train for both Special Olympics, participate in skills that teach basic nutrition, money management, housekeeping, social interaction and reading that are specific to the individual and to its needs. Other programs include pre-vocational training, horticulture, ceramics, the creative arts and continuing education for adults.
Everyone has the right to feel special. Bridgewood Farms is a place where happiness abounds, peer pressure doesn’t exist, and freedom takes on new meaning to improve the quality of life for customers.
Learn more about Bridgewood Farms by visiting their website at www.BridgewoodFarms.org or follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BridgewoodFarmsConroe