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Pedal or walk to help end homelessness

Pioneer Center for Human Services issued this news release today:

McHENRY – Register now for the 5th Annual Pedal (or Walk!) for PADS event to benefit homeless services by McHenry County PADS, a program of Pioneer Center for Human Services.  The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 15 at Moraine Hills State Park in McHenry.

This year’s event offers multiple courses for both novice and more experienced bike riders and it features a walking path for those wishing to participate in the “walk” portion of the event.  Bike trails range from 2 miles to 3.7 miles long and the walking trail is one mile long.  Longer routes will be available for more competitive riders.

Registration fees are $10 for individuals or $30 for a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children).  The first 100 registrants will receive an event t-shirt.  There will be a raffle at the end of the event.  Just for participating individuals will receive one raffle chance.  For every $100 a participant raises in pledges, they will receive another chance. Plus, additional chances can be purchased for $10 each or 3 for $25.

Upon the participants return from their walk or ride there will be music, a kid’s bike parade, raffles and lunch.

Online registration is available at until September 14.  Onsite registration and rider check in on September 15 from 9:00-10:30 am.  All participants are encouraged to return from the trails by noon as music, raffles and lunch will be offered from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Once you are registered, individuals will be able to login to their account and customize their personal donation page, send emails, manage offline pledges and monitor the status of their fundraising efforts!

If you have questions about the event, or would like to learn about becoming a volunteer or sponsor, contact Laurie Bivona at (815) 759-7050 or

This event is brought to you by Mercy Health System with additional sponsorship from Sage Products, Inc.; RFP Photography, Inc.; First Midwest Bank, The Bike Haven, Baird & Warner and  MAC Automation Concepts.


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