Youth councils partner for upcoming bike-a-thon for Imagination Library

Mayor's Youth Advisory Councils of three cities in Saline County will be taking part in a benefit bike-a-thon on Saturday, Sept. 6.

The event, sponsored by the youth councils of Benton, Bryant and Haskell, will be raising funds for the Imagination Library of Saline County.

Riders from throughout the area invited to participate in the bike project, which is billed as "a family-friendly event."

The ride will begin and end at Benton's Tyndall Park.

The 2015 event will include a half century 50 mile-bike ride, an intermediate 10-mile ride, and a children's ride around Tyndall Park.

Additional information is available at the website (including a map of routes),

"The bike ride will follow roads throughout the county that show off its natural beauty," Villines said.
He noted that the bike ride will include periodic rest stops and sag (support and gear) vehicles that will follow the riders.

Registration is $25 for the half-century (50-mile) and intermediate rides while the children's ride is only $10.

Forms are available on the website, or at Benton City Hall and Bryant City Hall.

Riders will need to turn in their forms to Benton City Hall, Bryant City Hall, or to P.O. Box 607 Benton, AR 72018.

In addition, onsite registration will be available on the day of the event. The entry fee includes a T-shirt.
T-shirts are guaranteed only for early registrations. Onsite registration participants are not guaranteed a T-shirt as they will be in limited supply and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Last year's race raised $4,500 which went to Benton Care Center, which provides a hot meal every Thursday night for those with low or no income and provides food from their food pantry and clothing to those in need.

This year race proceeds will go to Imagination Library of Saline County. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a not-for-profit program that sends reading material to children from birth to age 5 once a month.
All a parent or guardian must do to receive the books is to promise to read the books to the child. The books are age appropriate for each child.

The Saline County program has around 750 kids in the program but has another 150 kids on the waiting list.

"We hope to raise enough funds to get the kids off the waiting list and get more kids in Saline County involved in the program," a program spokesperson said.

MYAC members encouraged riders to participate in this year's eventMore people should do it next year!"
"We from all Mayor's Youth Advisory Councils of Saline County cannot wait to see you there," Villines said.
More information about the project may be found on Facebook at "The Saline County MYAC's Bikeathon" or on Twitter at @SalineBikeRace.

Click the link below for more information and a downloadable registration form:
2014 Saline County MYAC Bike-A-Thon.