By Jill Sieder
Come show how you roll at the 2013 Brownwood Bike Rally Classic, and join in celebrating 10 years of cycling, fitness, and fun! The East Atlanta Kids Club will present another festive day of bike races for kids and adults, a bike safety and agility rodeo, and other games, food, and family-oriented activities. All of it is designed to encourage participants to ride bikes, stay fit and healthy, and have a ton of fun doing it!
The East Atlanta Kids Club launched the Brownwood Bike Rally in 2003 to advance youth fitness through a fun biking event that would engage cycling enthusiasts of all ages. Each year the event has grown, drawing more youth and adult participants who compete in bike races, bike agility activities, and other fun fitness challenges in and around BrownwoodPark in East Atlanta. The Brownwood Bike Rally remains free for all kids each year, with the help of more than 150 volunteers, and the support of several local cycling and fitness clubs and other generous event sponsors. Sponsors and partners committed at press time included Americorps VISTA, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Cbeyond, the City of Atlanta, Earthshaking Music, the Great Atlanta Bicycle Parade, Jabian Consulting, Little 5 Flyers, the Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority, Hands on Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club, Midway Pub, Nia Massage, Outback Bikes, Sopo Bike Co-Op, Tomatillo’s, the Triple Play Foundation, U.S. MicroCorp, and Village Church of East Atlanta.
The 2013 Brownwood Bike Rally includes the usual array of street bike races for kids and adults (ages 5 and up, at all skill levels), a bike agility and safety rodeo for kids, and two “crit-cross” races for adults (on a hybrid race course that goes through and around the park, and includes both street and dirt segments). The East Atlanta Kids Club has plenty of bikes for both kids and adults to borrow – so don’t let “But I don’t have a bike” stop you from coming out! You can pre-register at www.active.com or on-site the day of the event (Saturday, May 4), beginning at 8:00am. The event itself runs from 9:00am to 1:30pm. Cash prizes and other awards will be given in all bike race and bike rodeo categories. Details on the races, race schedule, and the kinds of bikes best for each race can be found at our event site, www.brownwoodbikerally.com.
Beyond racing, the event also features bike spinning and other fun fitness challenges, a health fair, a food court, and a festival area featuring family-friendly activities including a moonwalk, face painting, bike decorating, and other games. An on-site raffle offers chances for everyone to win more great prizes, including Fuji bikes, a mountain getaway, and tickets to local restaurants, retailers, and attractions.
The Brownwood Bike Rally and EAKC’s year-round cycling and fitness programs encourage youth to stay fit and to combat the 40% child obesity rate in Georgia. All net proceeds will benefit the East Atlanta Kids Club’s free after-school tutoring and mentoring program for under-resourced youth in Atlanta. Kids and adults who are interested in participating can visit www.brownwoodbikerally.com or www.eastatlantakids.org or call 404-627-8050 for more information.
10th Annual Brownwood Bike Rally Rolls on May 4
By Jill Sieder