PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ride for Roots Rising, a socially distant bike ride challenge, is back for a second year.
Between June 19 and June 27, road cyclists and mountain bikers can complete beginner, intermediate, or advanced routes. All proceeds support Roots Rising's mission to empower youth and build community through food and farming.
"We are thrilled to build on the success of last year and once again collaborate with Roots Rising on the Ride for Roots Rising event. We love that this provides a healthy activity for all levels of riders while shining a light on the important work Roots Rising is doing to foster positive youth empowerment, food access, and community engagement," said Carrie Holland, the Managing Director of Mill Town
Road bike routes will start from Bartlett's Orchard, and mountain biking routes will take place in Pittsfield State Forest. The general registration fee is $25, and there is a $10 reduced-rate registration for students and low-income residents. All youth under 12 are free.
The event is supported with sponsorship from Mill Town Capital, The Gilson Family Foundation, Berkshire Agricultural Ventures, and Greylock Federal Credit Union.
"The Gilson Family Foundation continues to be inspired by the creative energy of Roots Rising. We applaud their passionate work helping teens learn valuable life skills and building community through healthy and affordable food access. We are proud to be part of the Ride for Roots Rising team again this year. It's a win-win for families, friends and those of all ages to ride in the Berkshires for a most worthwhile cause," Mary Spina of The Gilson Family Foundation said.
The first $5,000 raised will be doubled by Berkshire Agricultural Ventures and used for Market Match at Roots Rising's Pittsfield Farmers Market. Market Match doubles the purchasing power of low-income residents using SNAP, WIC and Senior benefits, making the market accessible and affordable to all.
All registrants will be entered into a raffle to win prizes sponsored by Mill Town Capital, including gift certificates to Mission Bar + Restaurant and Gateways Bar + Restaurant.