RCCF hosts the Five in 50 bike ride

Photo by Dr. Helen Steussy

The Rush County Community Foundation will be hosting this year’s Five in 50 bicycle ride on Sept. 21 as part of the Willkie Days festivities. The Five in 50 was created to bring local enthusiasts, skilled cyclists, and even families together on a fun-filled, scenic ride through the countryside. Riders of last year’s event are likely familiar with its route and goal, but many are still unfamiliar with the Five in 50 and what it means to the community.

What is the Five in 50? Simply put, it’s a 50-mile bike ride through the five covered bridges that call Rush County home.

Why is it important? Rush County is lucky to claim five of the less than two thousand remaining covered bridges in the entire world. These beautiful feats of architecture are an important piece of history in our community, and one that is costly to maintain. To both celebrate their history and raise funds for their future upkeep, RCCF chose to sponsor this year’s ride and funnel any proceeds back into the community (including, in part, its covered bridges) via a permanent endowment fund that provides impactful grants to Rush County.

The ride will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 21. Registration and ride start is located at the Boys and Girls Club of Rush County and riders will lead the Willkie Days parade before journeying down scenic county roads and through Rush County’s beautiful, historic covered bridges and five small towns.

The ride is a great way to show support for your community and just have fun. The Five in 50 also offers three options for those unsure if they can make the 50 mile ride—12 miles, 25 miles, or the full 50 miles. Registration fees are $35 and include the cost of a commemorative Five in 50 technical t-shirt.

Anyone who would still like to support the community and our covered bridges can make donations to RCCF or directly to a particular rider or team. Additionally, all donations will be generously matched $2 for $1 by Lilly Endowment Inc. GIFT VII, making this a great time to support Rush County.

The Five in 50 ride is meant for anyone who enjoys cycling and wants a memorable experience, and while donations are encouraged, they are not required. RCCF’s primary goal is to provide a fun and safe biking experience that the community will remember for years to come. To learn more, to register, or donate, contact the Rush County Community Foundation or visit the Five in 50 website: www.willkiedays.com.

Meeting the philanthropic needs of Rush County since 1991, the Rush County Community Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit public charity established to serve donors, award grants and scholarships, and provide leadership to enrich and enhance the quality of life in Rush County, not only today, but for our future generations. Visit the RCCF office at 117 N. Main St., Rushville, IN 46173, call 765-938-1177, or browse www.rushcountyfoundation.org to learn more about how our donors have made a difference in Rush County.