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Rotary Road Rally to benefit Norman Public Schools

The Rotary Road Rally is an annual bicycling event to benefit the Norman Public Schools, and it will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 at Reaves Park, 2501 Jenkins Ave. The ride begins at 9 a.m. and the registration desk opens at 7 a.m.

For children and families, there will be a 10-mile town tour through Norman’s beautiful campus district and downtown area. For people with a more serious cycling habit, the Road Rally offers 34-mile and 54-mile tours through the rolling hills of southern Cleveland County, just as fall colors take over the rural landscape.

A Norman bicycle patrol officer will escort the town tour through several historic neighborhoods, along Main Street in downtown and across the University of Oklahoma campus. Other officers will assist with traffic control for the longer rides, which will venture as far south as Flat Armadillo Road near Lexington. SAG wagon support and rest stops will be provided along the way.

After the ride, there will be music in the park, and food trucks from Gaberino’s, Midway Deli and That Pie Place will be serving complimentary lunch to riders.

“Norman and Cleveland County are fortunate to have some of the best road conditions and rural landscapes in Central Oklahoma, and the Road Rally is a great way to enjoy fall cycling,” said Ride Director Chip Minty.

Proceeds from the event support the Norman Rotary Club’s Success Cycle program, which is held in partnership with the Norman Public Schools to encourage long-term academic success among elementary school students.

“The Rotary Club uses the money to purchase about 70 bikes at cost from Al’s Bicycles in Norman, and then we give them to students with excellent attendance,” Minty said.

Through the Rotary Success Cycle program, the bicycles are raffled away at the end of every nine-week period. There are no purchases required by students. They earn raffle tickets through their attendance, so the more they’re in school, the more tickets they earn and the better their chances of winning a bike.

“The school district has reported significant improvement in attendance since we initiated the program in 2016,” Minty said.

Norman Public School Superintendent Nick Migliorino called the Norman Rotary Club an incredible partner for the district.

"The Success Cycle program has contributed to higher attendance in several schools, which leads to improved performance in the classroom. We appreciate everyone who supports the ongoing success of the program."

The preregistration cost is $35 for adults and $15 for children, which pays for the ride, a t-shirt, lunch and a $20 gift card from Schlegel’s Bicycles in Oklahoma City. Registration on the day of the event is $40 for adults. For maps and preregistration, go to www.normanrotary.org.

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