7th Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic Saturday

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WALLA WALLA - The Wheatland Wheelers Cycling Club is sponsoring the 7th annual Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic on Saturday.

This is a recreational bike ride offering routes of 30, 62, and 100 miles. All three routes start at Pioneer Park in Walla Walla and follow portions of largely rural roads in Walla Walla and Umatilla counties.

Ann Weatherill was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, a Garrison Middle School teacher, mother and cyclist who was struck and killed by an oncoming motorist passing other vehicles on a group bike ride with friends on State Highway 124 between Prescott and Waitsburg on Mother's Day in 2004.

In 2005, the Ann Weatherill Safe Passing Law was passed, making it illegal for drivers to pass other vehicles if there are bicyclists, pedestrians or equestrians approaching from the opposite direction on the roadway.

The proceeds from this event are used by the Blue Mountain Foundation's "Ann Fund" and the Wheatland Wheelers Cycling Club to promote bicycle safety programs in the Walla Walla Valley.

This includes the installation and maintenance of the yellow "Share the Road" signs that have been installed on popular bicycle routes throughout the county to raise awareness and reduce bicycle/vehicle accidents in Ann's memory.

The 100-mile "Century" Ride starts at 7 a.m., followed by the 62-mile "Metric Century" Ride at 8 a.m. and the 30-mile Ride at 9 a.m.

Cost is $45. Pre-registration is encouraged, but riders may register at Pioneer Park on Saturday morning. Riders can register online at website www.active.com.

For more information, contact Brad Daly at 509-525-9016.

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