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Gear Up for Bike the Bend for Literacy on Nov. 21

Bike the Bend 2010 committee members are: (l-r) Ride Director Keith Behrens, Robert Wolter, Executive Director Brenda Bowman, Aaron Clark and Ride Director George Angus.

Help adults learn to read or earn their GED

What’s a fun and easy way to get your family moving that almost anyone can do? Ride a bike! Cycling can tone your upper and lower body, build endurance and improve heart and lung function.  And if you ride on Nov. 21 at Bike the Bend benefiting the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, it can also help determined adults in Fort Bend County learn to read, speak English or earn their GED.

Bike the Bend is a BP MS 150 recommended ride that begins at 8 a.m., starting and finishing at Foster High School, 4400 FM 723, in Richmond. Year after year riders return to enjoy this event, which is strategically scheduled for the weekend before Thanksgiving. Along Bike the Bend’s scenic 19-, 32- or 59-mile routes, riders will enjoy first-rate rest stops stocked with fruit and snacks as well as a variety of cold beverages to fuel the ride. As in past years, riders also get food from Extreme Pita, energizing music and enthusiastic supporters awaiting them at the finish line. Goodie bags and Bike the Bend T-shirts for registered riders add a little extra incentive.

Registration is $30 and all proceeds will support the life-changing work of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, whose mission is to end inter-generational cycles of illiteracy and generate community-wide literacy awareness. Visit www.ftbendliteracy.org and click on the “Register Now” button.

Sponsorship opportunities for Bike the Bend are also available for individuals and organizations. This year, Bike the Bend is sponsored in part by Richmond Bone & Joint Clinic, Houston Federal Credit Union and Lopez Mexican Restaurant. Join these supporters of literacy with a sponsorship and become a part of a healthy Fort Bend County institution that will have 600 riders wearing your logo on their backs. Help unlock the potential for determined adults who want to pass a legacy of literacy (proficiency in reading, writing and understanding the written English language) to their children. Contact Brenda Crump at bcrump@­ftbendliteracy.org for sponsorship information.

To learn more about the life changing programs of the Literacy Council, visit www.ftbendliteracy.org or call 281-240-8181.l

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