TOWNSHEND >> Pre-registration will close at noon on July 8 for Grace Cottage Hospital's 11th annual Tour de Grace Bicycle Rally, to be held on Saturday, July 9.

You can register online at www.gracecottage.org/events until noon on July 8 for $25, or you can register at the event for $30.

Grace Cottage's Tour de Grace is a scenic, mostly-downhill ride from Stratton Mountain Resort to Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, VT. It's a perfect outdoor event for family and friends, and it helps to raise money for this community-based hospital.

Riders start at the Stratton Mountain Resort Welcome Center anytime between 8 and 10 a.m., and ride at their own pace, on backroads, over bridges and through the woods to Grace Cottage. Free beverages, snacks, and maybe even musical entertainment will be offered at several stops along the 17.7-mile route. Free performance t-shirts will be given to the first 100 riders who sign up. Sturdy tires recommended; helmets required.

Bus transportation is provided to return riders and their bikes back uphill to Stratton Mountain. If you prefer, ask about taking the bus up the mountain first and then riding down.

More information, including a route description, are available online, or call 802-365-9109.



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