BRATTLEBORO -- Anyone interested in a local group bike ride that supports a local organization need look no further.

The 5th Annual Going the Distance Ride for the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro, set for June 28, allows cyclists to choose a route of 40, 60 or 100 miles that starts and end at the Marlboro College Graduate Center.

The 100-mile route from Brattleboro to the Northampton, Mass., area and back is a scenic ride along the Connecticut River, on quiet, well-paved roads. The shorter routes utilize some of the route and rest stops of the Century Ride. Cue sheets and maps will be available and all routes will be well-marked. Rest stops with food and drink will be at 20-mile intervals. Both of the longer routes have a catered lunch mid-way, with a chance to swim. There will also be an end-of-ride picnic on the patio of the Graduate School.

The ride is a fundraising effort and riders are asked to set a goal for themselves of raising $500 or more for the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro, though is a goal -- not a commitment. Donations can be made by check and each rider will also have a personal fundraising page on First Giving for on line donations. There will be T-shirts for all riders and prizes for the top fundraisers. All funds raised by riders will stay in the local community and go directly to support the Boys & Girls Club’s programs for local youth.

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