Cycle into Spring with the Katie Ride

March 2, 2015
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Whether you're a dedicated cyclist, a weekend cruiser, an occasional Spin class visitor or just enjoy experiencing nature's beauty and helping support a worthy cause, the Katie Ride for Life is a great way to kick off spring on Amelia Island. “Last year the Katie Ride attracted participants from 24 states around the country who made a weekend of the day," said Katie Caples Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Cook. "With cycling routes as long as 100 miles, Katie Ride participants experience the beauty and diversity of our gorgeous island and at the same time celebrate the inspiring stories of our cause -  raising awareness about organ donation and transplantation. It is a moving and powerful experience. There is absolutely nothing else like it." The ride and the foundation are named in honor of Katie Caples, who died at the age of 17 not long after registering as an organ donor. Her ultimate act of generosity saved the lives of five individuals aged 9 to 62 and further enhanced the lives of fifty others. There are several ways to ride (or walk):
  • Katie Ride: 100, 62, 32, 18 mile and off-road rides (the 100-mile route covers nine islands.  The off-road route is approximately 6 miles round-trip.)
  • Walk & Fun Run: travels thorough scenic Egans Creek Greenway.
  • Katie Spin (a 5-hour marathon spin class offered in area cycling studios plus a Virtual Ride at First Coast YMCAs.)
  • Family Fun Ride (enjoy the view as you pedal through Egans Creek Greenway.)
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Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.