The Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb invites cyclers to DeKalb – now officially recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community – for the 20th annual Biking with Beanzie ride on July 15.
Beanzie is a family-friendly, recreational ride with varying distances to suit both the novice and the experienced rider. The ride is organized by Kishwaukee Kiwanis and co-sponsored by Northwestern Medicine. The ride also is supported by the local Kiwanis family (Key Club and AKtion Club) and other groups (4-H, Ride Illinois, Kish Bike and Rec Club, and North Central Cyclery).
Biking with Beanzie starts and ends at DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road in DeKalb. Participants can choose a road ride of approximately 25, 46, 62, 80 or 101 miles. Each has well-marked directional and humorous signage throughout.
For the novice or younger families, off-road routes are offered that follow a local bike pathway. Distances of 3, 5 and 8 miles can be chosen on the bike pathways with the cost of $10 for adults.
Participants are encouraged to register early, either online or by mail. Registration also is available for walk-ups the day of the event beginning at 6:30 a.m.
Registration before July 7 costs $27. Late and event-day registration costs $35. The event is free for children ages 12 and younger when riding with a parent or guardian.
Registration includes cue sheets for the routes, a number of rest stops with refreshments, SAG (support and gear) support, post-ride access to showers and food options.
As a part of the 20th-year celebration, Beanzie will offer its first tie-dyed T-shirt with paid registrations for all registered riders.