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CARE’s Ride 4 Recovery to take place in Richmond

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published August 27, 2019

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MACOMB COUNTY — The seventh annual Ride 4 Recovery bike trek will take place Sunday, Sept. 29, on the Macomb Orchard Trail in Richmond.

The event is put on by CARE of Southeastern Michigan, which is based in Fraser. It’s the second year that Richmond is hosting the event, where riders and attendees can bask in a spacious setting of various terrains and wildflowers.

Proceeds from the event go toward CARE’s overall mission of strengthening the resiliency of people and communities through prevention, education and services that improve quality of life.

Last year’s inaugural Richmond event had rough weather. Despite the rain, CARE President and CEO Monique Stanton said her organization garnered plenty of positive feedback from riders, volunteers and a city that greeted the cause with “open arms.”

“We just had a great welcoming feeling,” she said.

In the past, CARE held the event at Lake St. Clair Metropark. Riders would indulge in longer rides, as far as 62 round-trip miles, on Jefferson Avenue. Stanton said riders didn’t feel as comfortable there.

“We had a lot of complaints from riders being nervous and intimidated they were on the road with cars,” she said.

This year’s event will feature 10-, 25- and 40-mile rides. The entire ride will take place on a paved portion of the trail.

Stanton said CARE sees group mixes every year, complete with beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. The 10-mile ride is doable for just about anybody, she said, while advanced riders will tend to lead the pack at a leisurely pace.

“The nice thing about being on the trail is that if someone is stuck, they can turn around at any time,” she said.

Money raised from this event goes toward several causes and initiatives.

Stanton said general organizational operations are supported by donations, as are different types of programming offered year-round, including a student assistance center for youths with mental health issues and/or suicidal tendencies.

She said that since the event kicked off seven years ago, the opioid epidemic has become yet another reason to spread awareness and raise money for newer, more efficient programming.

“For this event, it’s really important to raise funds to support our organization and our program, but also (to) highlight that people can and do recover,” she said, noting the need to remove stigmas and to remember those who suffer illness.

There will be on-site support staff available if any injuries occur or if bikes are not working properly. Water and food stations will be available along the route. Breakfast and lunch will be served to registered guests.

For more information or to register, visit www.careofsem.com/ride4recovery.

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