It started out as a women-only bike ride made up of eight riders, and 24 years later, it has grown to 3,000 riders.The Bonneville Cycling Club’s annual Little Red Riding Hood biking event supports the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics at the University of Utah. The ride reached it’s record 3,000 participants in 29 days this year. Participants range in age from four to 85 years old, said ride organizer Penny Perkins.There are five different courses bikers can take, ranging from 15 to 100 miles. The longest course starts in Lewiston, goes through Amalga, Benson, Mendon, north to Newton and then back to Preston, Idaho.The ride starts at 7:30 a.m. June 5, for the 100-mile course, and start times are staggered depending on which of the five courses participants choose to ride. This year’s theme is superheroes. Those who cross the finish line will be handed an ice-cold strawberry lemonade and a “superhero crown to put on their bike helmets,” Perkins said.There are currently 300 volunteers signed up for the ride, Perkins said. While registration is closed for riders, more volunteers are needed, both male and female. Volunteers can sign up on the ride’s website, http://www.bccutah.org/lrrh2010/.
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