The fourth annual Cycling 4 Veterans event returns to Las Positas College this weekend, and cyclists and walkers alike are invited to participate and support local veteran and active military organizations.
The Oct. 6 event is organized by the Las Positas Veterans First Program, and offers participants the choice of three cycling courses of varying lengths, along with a 2.2 Campus Challenge Walk hosted by the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Last year, the fundraiser raised almost $48,000. Groups supported by Cycling 4 Veterans include the Veterans First Program, Sentinels of Freedom, Student Veterans Organization, the Danville Chapter of Blue Star Moms and Pleasanton Military Families.
Cycling-wise, the 115-mile ride starts at 6:30 a.m., the 55-mile ride comes next at 9 a.m., while the 30-mile riders will begin pedaling at 10 a.m. The courses travel through Livermore, the Altamont Pass, Patterson Pass and Del Puerto Canyon, depending on the ride.
Those participating in the 2.2 Campus Challenge Walk will also start at 10 a.m., though anyone can join in at any point before noon. The walk -- which winds 2.2 miles through the Las Positas campus and has optional challenge stations along the way -- was created specifically to raise funds for programs that bring awareness to and work to prevent veteran suicides.
The 2.2 mileage is to honor the 22 veterans who die by suicide every day.
After the walk concludes, participants can enjoy a post-event party, featuring music from the Swingin' Blue Stars of the USS Hornet and a complimentary catered lunch, with beer and wine available for purchase.
Registration for the walk costs $20 before Oct. 5 and $25 on the day of. For cyclists, the 30-mile ride is $50, the 55-miler is $65, while the longest ride costs $85. To register and for more information, visit cycling4veterans.com.