Plans underway for fifth annual "Bike with Brent" charity ride

Brent Carpenter visiting with friends before the ride.

LOGAN — The fifth annual “Bike with Brent” charity ride will be Friday, June 12 at Willow Park in Logan. Organizers from the Cache Employment and Training Center said this year’s event will be the biggest one yet.

CEO Kay Lynne Beecher said the ride, which had over 800 participants last year, started five-years ago as a group of 200 people, supporting others with disabilities.

“We were trying to find a way to let the community know about the services that were available for people with disabilities and we also wanted to have a fundraiser that would support those services,” said Beecher. “Brent is such an icon in the valley and people know him that it seemed like the perfect way to help the community join in with us in supporting the needs of people with disabilities.”

Brent Carpenter, who is still seen riding his bike throughout the community, will once again lead the ride. Beecher said they are also planning on a lot of other activities that will start at 9:30.

“We’ll have games for the kids, bounce house, obstical courses,” said Beecher. “We have a rocking climbing wall this year that we haven’t had before, face painting, we have a woman who will be making balloon animals, relay races, all kinds of things going one.”

“At 10:30 we have a pie eating contest,” said Beecher. “We’ve had that every year and it’s a favorite for people. At 11 o’clock we have the bike polo game between law enforcement and fire fighters.”

The ride loops around Willow Park and is 1.4 miles. People can ride a bike, run or walk as Brent will lead everyone.

Beecher said Brent has become an icon in the community because he’s friendly to everyone and people know him and what he stands for.

“Brent is someone who does not let the hard things of life stop him,” said Beecher. “He’s a champion of that and others know that by coming and supporting this event they can help other people with disabilities accomplish similar things.”

Registration has already started at the Cache Employment and Training Center and Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for kids and includes an “I biked with Brent” t-shirt.

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