Cyclists ride to raise awareness

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This afternoon, 36 bicyclists will ride into Craig to spend the evening eating ice cream and playing bingo with their friends at Horizons Specialized Services.

Push America's Journey of Hope is a 4,000-mile bike ride to raise awareness and funding for organizations that serve people with disabilities.

Craig is the second of 10 stops in Colorado for the Northern team, which started the ride from San Francisco on Juny 11, and will finish in Charleston, S.C., on Aug. 15.

After riding 90 miles from Dinosaur this morning, the team plans to arrive in Craig in time for a complimentary dinner at Pizza Hut at 3:30 p.m.

They will spend the rest of the evening at the Boys and Girls Club with Horizons clients playing bingo and enjoying an ice cream social.

Horizons will provide breakfast for the bicyclists Friday morning after their stay at Moffat County High School, and then the riders hit the road again for Steamboat Springs.

This is the second year Horizons and the national nonprofit organization Push America have collaborated and the Journey of Hope has ridden through Craig.

"(The clients) look forward to them coming and spending time with them," said Sylvia McFeaters, day program coordinator for Horizons.

Push America will donate money raised by the bike ride to Horizons, but McFeaters emphasized that it is the education and awareness raised by the event that is most important.

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