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Arthritis fundraiser bike ride registration now open


This year marks an exciting transition for RiverRide 100, an annual bike fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12. With the addition of multiple “starting points” between Rockwood, Pa., and Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh, participants can join the ride for distances ranging from 9 to 106 miles; so anyone of any age or fitness level can participate.

What began a couple of years ago as a small group of friends riding bikes to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation has evolved into an event in which anyone can participate. Riders will have the option to join the event at multiple points along the Great Allegheny Passage.

Those interested in an intense challenge can ride from Rockwood, Pa., to Pittsburgh, a 109-mile ride. Others can choose to start their ride in Connellsville, Pa. (a 59-mile journey), Boston, Pa. (20 miles) or Homestead, Pa. (nine miles).

The bike fundraiser began in 2013, when a group of nine bike riders traveled from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C., over five days and raised more than $6,000 in just two weeks. Last year, their group raised more than $6,500 when they decided to challenge themselves further by riding a “century” ride of more than 100 miles in one day from Rockwood, Pa., to downtown Pittsburgh.

The ride is being sponsored by Krakoff Communications, Inc. and Steelcoast Creative, whose founders Jeff Krakoff and Scott Bowlin respectively, are participating in the ride.

“We believe RiverRide 100 represents a great event to experience and enjoy the regional jewel that is our rails to trail system while raising money to help those who live with arthritis,” said Jeff Krakoff. “There is no cost to participate in RiverRide 100, but we ask that people either register the ride and/or donate money to this great cause,” he added, “because we will all have or know someone close to us that has arthritis.”

Arthritis affects one in every five adults and 300,000 children, and is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

For more information, or to register or donate, visit


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