Friday, June 14th is the day to join local celebrity Brent Carpenter as you ride your bike, walk, or use a wheelchair or stroller to be a cheerleader from the sidelines. It’s the third annual Bike with Brent, sponsored by the Cache Employment and Training Center, and executive director Kathleen Beecher said participation has grown rapidly each year. On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2013_06_11_324_11578_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People show Monday</a>, Beecher said if you haven’t met Brent yet, it’s time you did.
“Brent rides his bike all over town, honking his horn, waving at people; the friendliest guy in the world,” Beecher said. “Everybody in the valley knows him, he’s a community icon. He started working with our program like 30 years ago, has been so successful. He concentrates on what he can do, not what he can’t do. He’s the perfect grand marshal that leads this parade of bikers and walkers.”
Beecher says the ride starts at noon on Friday at Willow Park, and pre-registration starts at 9 a.m. The cost is $12 for adults, $8 for a child and it’s a fundraiser for the CETC. Numerous other events are included in the day’s celebration, including a bike polo game between law enforcement and firefighters and a bike rodeo for kids.