Selma to see annual bicycle ridePublished 10:58pm Tuesday, February 12, 2013
MARION — Downtown Selma will once again provide one of the final stops for those cyclists participating in the annual Samford University Old 100 Bike Ride, scheduled for Saturday, April 20.
The ride is an annual event that aims to celebrate the university’s history, which includes it’s roots based at Judson College in Marion, also raises money for Sowing Seeds of Hope, a partnership between Perry County and Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
The partnership seeks to improve the quality of life and work in Perry County through “improved educational opportunities, health care, tourism, transportation and economic development.”
The event features routes with distances ranging from 30 miles to 100 miles. The 100-mile route — a route for those called Century Riders — will have as its last stop the Selma-Dallas County Public Library in downtown Selma.
Riders begin at Judson College and ride through downtown Marion, past Marion Military Institute, former home of Howard College. Riders will head west for 15 miles through the Perry County countryside to Newbern, home to the Rural Studio project of Auburn University. Thirty-mile riders will return to Marion by the same route.
Proceeds from the ride will benefit Sowing Seeds of Hope, an interfaith initiative that seeks to improve the quality of life and work in Perry County through improved educational opportunities, health care, tourism, transportation and economic development.
Routes of approximately 34, 43, 75 and 101 miles are available and have stops at historic sites.