Bohl 9/11 Memorial Bike Tour

Pictured is a runner from a previous Simon Kenton Pathfinders tour.

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Pictured are runners from a previous Simon Kenton Pathfinders tour.

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URBANA – The Simon Kenton Pathfinders (SKP) will hold their 22nd annual bike tour on Sunday, September 11 starting at 8 a.m. at the Depot Coffee House in Urbana.

The annual SKP Bike Tour, which is the group’s major fundraising event of the year, is in memory of the late Betsy Bohl, a founding member of the SKP in 1997 and also treasurer. The Bohl family graciously supported the Simon Kenton Bike Trail in Betsy’s memory for several years.

Each year, the tour takes place on portions of the Simon Kenton Trail and area back roads in Champaign and Logan counties. For 2022, the 50 km/31 mile route heads west to St. Paris and back to Urbana on county and township roads.

In Saint-Paris, the local Pony Wagon Days Committee has special surprises in store for participants in coordination with their event. Upon returning to the Depot, cyclists who choose to complete the 100 km/62 mile route will ride a loop back to Bellefontaine, on a combination of trails and roads. A special 15-mile loop, entirely on the trail, is also available for families and young children on the south trail.

Registered riders receive a continental breakfast, road maps, manned rest areas with food and snacks (every 8-10 miles), bike tour t-shirt, and food truck coupons on return. In addition, the first 36 paid registrations for young people (6-18 years old) will receive a bicycle helmet.

Early Bird registration (which ends at midnight August 31) is free for ages 5 and under; $15 for children aged 6 to 12 and $35 for children aged 13 and over. Online registrations after August 31 and/or drop-in visits on the day of the visit will cost $20 for youth (6-12 years old) and $50 for ages 13 and older.

In addition to the above, there is a ‘virtual option’ on the registration page for those unable to attend on 9/11, due to other commitments or who live far away.

All proceeds from the annual bike tour are used to maintain and improve the more than 25 miles of SKT in Champaign and Logan counties. The Pathfinders are a 501c non-profit organization.

Pre-registration (which is preferred) is available on the SKP website at Simonkentonpathfinders.org.

Then follow the links to register.

For any questions about the SKP bike tour, contact [email protected]

Pictured is a runner from a previous Simon Kenton Pathfinders tour.

Pictured are runners from a previous Simon Kenton Pathfinders tour.

Benefits of the Simon Kenton Trail Event

Wiley C. Thompson