“Spokes of Hope” family bike rides planned

The “Spokes of Hope”, a family friendly bicycle ride to raise money for Beacon House, will take place in both Houghton and Marquette during the next two weekends.

Every adult rider will receive a “Spokes of Hope” cinch-sack with the chef’s special recipes,
and all kids will win a Gold Medal for participating, while one lucky child will win a new bike. The cost is $25 per rider or $40 for the entire family.

All proceeds will go to help families in medical crisis staying at the Beacon House in Marquette.

The event is sponsored by the Michigan State Medical Society. Registration – including a breakfast snack – begins at 10:00 a.m. with a 10:30 a.m. start for the ride. The Marquette Ride is Saturday, September 14, at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. The Houghton Ride is Saturday, September 21, at the Nara Chalet.

The event is geared toward addressing childhood obesity with healthy food choices and fun exercise. All proceeds will benefit young families staying at Beacon House in times of Medical Crisis.

In Marquette, Local Culinary Institute Chef, Tom Wahlstrom of Elizabeth’s Chop House will be preparing the healthy light breakfast treats at the registration, snacks along the route and a light and nutritious lunch at the conclusion. Chef Cormac Ronan will be preparing a similar fare in Houghton.

They will be utilizing a national Culinary Institute of America program called “Chef and the Child” to promote healthy eating, and will have educational information with each snack and meal.

In Marquette, the event will also feature an inflatable slide, obstacle course or bounce house at the conclusion of the youth ride, for the young kids to play (exercise) while the other riders are concluding their portion of the longer ride.