Summer in Boise is all about the bike, and that's never more on display than at the annual Tour de Fat celebration in Ann Morrison Park.
Each year, New Belgium Brewing rolls into town with its carnival of fun celebrating both beer and bikes, all the while raising money to support nonprofit bike organizations in the area. Once again, Boise showed its love affair with both by raising more than $55,000 at the Aug. 17 event.
Festival organizers announced that the Boise stop drew about 7,500 people, with 6,000 people participating in the morning bike parade through downtown Boise.
Proceeds from merchandise sales and donations made at the event all go to the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association, Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance and Boise Bike Project.
Both the turnout and the proceeds are records for the Boise stop--in 2012, about 6,500 people came to the party and 5,000 rode in the parade, raising $50,000.
Just how Boise stacks up against other cities on the tour has yet to be seen. The 12-stop tour wraps up on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Tempe, Ariz.
Staying on the topic of biking for a good cause, registration is now open for the second annual Jordan's Ride, a benefit ride to raise money for research into sudden unexpected infant death and sudden infant death syndrome. The ride is being organized by Jesse and Candi Zappia in honor of their son Jordan, who died of SUID when he was just 16 months old.
The Sunday, Sept. 15, event offers four distances for riders: 10, 30, 50 and 100 miles, all beginning at the Eagle Bike Park. All distances are fully supported, including aid stations and all riders get a free T-shirt and a meal.
Families can join in as well with an array of kids activities at the bike park, including a one-mile family bike parade, face painting and bounce houses. Following the longer rides, participants can take advantage of a picnic from 1-4 p.m. and nonriders can buy a meal ticket for $10.
Advanced registration is available online, but day-of registration will take place on-site beginning at 7 a.m. Century riders leave at 7:30 a.m., with staggered starts for the rest of the riders. The final group goes off at noon for the 10-mile route.
Registration costs $35 for all riders age 16 and older or $25 for ages 15 and younger. Entry into the children's bike parade costs $10. For more information or to register, check out the event's website at jordansride.org.