Cyclists Ride for a Reason on the Bike Trek to Shakertown

Louisville (July 8, 2009)

The American Lung Association invites cyclists to Ride for a Reason....and help stamp out lung disease on the 24th Annual Bike Trek to Shakertown, September 19-21, 2009.

When it comes to autumn bicycle tours, the "Lung Ride" sets the standard for beautiful routes, spectacular scenery and first-class service. Last year's trek attracted riders from 7 states and raised over $163,000 for the fight against lung disease.

Registration for the event is well underway, and since space is limited, interested riders are encouraged to sign up now. Sponsored by Kindred Healthcare, the Bike Trek to Shakertown is a 2- or 3-day, fully supported cycling excursion through gorgeous Kentucky countryside, beginning and ending in Harrodsburg.

Riders will spend Saturday night at Danville's famous Pioneer Playhouse. Sunday morning, it's on to Shakertown, where cyclists may tour the restored 19th century Shaker dwellings and visit the craft shops. Three-day riders will enjoy a country gourmet dinner, a concert by Lexington musician/recording artist, Ben Sollee and an overnight stay at Shaker Village before cycling back to Harrodsburg on Monday.

The 2-day option (Sept. 19-20) includes Saturday's ride and overnight in Danville, plus Sunday's ride to Shakertown. The 2-day ride wraps up with an afternoon shuttle back to the start point.

No matter the level of cycling ability, there's something for everyone on this ride. Beginners can opt for the basic route of 30-35 miles each day, while those wanting a greater challenge will enjoy a 69-mile, moderately hilly ride on Saturday and a similar option on Sunday. Monday's routes will both be shorter. Some of the trek's amenities include experienced tour leaders, a gear truck for luggage, on-road repair service and rest stops with refreshments. Throw in free massages, delicious meals and live entertainment, and it's easy to see why this event is often billed as a mini-vacation on wheels.

According to Trek Director, Carolyn Embry, "Contributions raised by Bike Trek participants help the 35 million Americans living with lung disease. Proceeds fund medical research, education, and advocacy for public policy that will advance the association's mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease."

Embry adds that for many participants the ride is special because lung disease has touched their lives in some way. "We have riders who suffer from asthma and others who have lost loved ones to lung cancer," she said.

To register for the trek, each rider pays a $60 registration fee and agrees to raise pledges to fight lung disease. Participants can qualify for a wide array of prizes as they reach various pledge levels.

Co-sponsors of the event include the following: Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare; Norton Healthcare; Rockcastle Hospital; Stifel Nicolaus; Byerly Ford; Bicycle Sport; Pedal the Planet; WAVE-TV, 99.7 DJX, 102.3 The MAX, and New Rock 105.1 WLRS (Louisville media); WLEX-TV, 590 WVLK, Z-ROCK 103, and 92.9 The Bear (Lexington media).

For more information about the Bike Trek to Shakertown, including pre-trek information programs, training rides and corporate teams, call the American Lung Association at 1-800-586-4872 or visit www.kylung.org.

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