Walkers, bikers brave cold to raise money

By Brian Sweeney
Eighty riders and runners turned out in inclement weather on Sunday for the fifth annual bicycle ride for benefit of Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care Inc.

The 60 cyclists and 20 walk/run participants braved strong winds and temperatures to take part in the Tour de Pepacton ride and the Float Your Boat walk/run. Among those taking part in the ride portion of the event was Assemblyman Pete Lopez.

The event was sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Cycling Club Inc. and the MARK Project.
The Tour de Pepacton offered two choices of distance, 25 miles around the reservoir, mostly flat terrain, and the Metric Century, 60 miles of challenging terrain.

Village route
The “Float Yer Boat” walk/run, inaugurated last year, started and ended on Main Street, near the pocket park.

Water bottles and T-shirts were be given out to the walkers/runners at registration. The walk/run will also benefit the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital/Mountainside Residential Care Center Wellness Committee.

Bike club officer Lucci Kelly said the bicyling and run/walk events will be held again next year, on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

She indicated that proceeds from the events are still being tabulated to determine the funds that will be donated to Hospice and the Auxiliary.