On Sunday, September 18, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) will hold the 12th Annual Ride for Clean Rivers (formerly Tour de Talbot) at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland. MRC is excited to announce a new name—Ride for Clean Rivers—for the same great ride. MRC will partner with Chesapeake College in this event. The college continues to be proactive in its environmental initiatives, including wind power, native grass plantings, car charging stations, and many others. 

Riders can enjoy the backroads of Maryland’s Eastern Shore along three routes—62 miles (metric century), 35 miles, and 20 miles. Routes follow the flat, scenic back roads of Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Talbot Counties, with multiple rest stops located along the banks of the Choptank River. All routes start and finish at Chesapeake College, and have rest stops and SAG support. There will be morning snacks and coffee at the registration tables, and an outdoor barbeque, live music, and drink tickets when riders return to campus. Registration includes food, drink ticket, barbeque, and event tee-shirt. 
Last year, over 422 registered riders from all abilities participated in the event. Come out and help reach this year’s goal of 500 riders. This is a great opportunity to create a bike team with friends, family, bike clubs, or office mates. Register today at rideforcleanrivers.org. Register today, discounted early bird registration ends July 31. Riders may raise funds, procure rider sponsors, and win prizes at the event website, rideforcleanrivers.org.

Ride for Clean Rivers supports the work of MRC to preserve and protect the Miles, Wye, and Choptank Rivers and Eastern Bay. Visit rideforcleanrivers.org for details.

Thank you to Agency of Record, Bike Doctor, Chesapeake College, Dock Street Foundation, Kelly Benefit Strategies, The Brewer’s Art, S.E.W. Friel, and YMCA-Easton for being 2016 Ride for Clean Rivers sponsors. For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Sarah at sarah@midshoreriverkeeper.org or call 443.385.0511. 

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and celebration of the waterways that comprise the Choptank River, Eastern Bay, Miles River, and Wye River watersheds. For more information, visit midshoreriverkeeper.org, email sarah@midshoreriverkeeper.org, or phone 443.385.0511.