Tour de Sunrise cruises through East Side
Third annual event coincides with the Summit County Fair
When Park City Sunrise Rotary Club members were exploring fundraiser ideas that could include the entire family and bring events to the East Side, they settled on a bike ride that would coincide with the Summit County Fair.
Connie Nelson, a Rotary Club member, said after speaking with county officials they decided the bike ride would be “the perfect opportunity to show Parkites how beautiful it is out there.”
“It is actually a really gorgeous trail and this was a great way to bring together the east and west ends of the county,” Nelson said. “It’s a community event for the community. Every dollar that we bring in will go straight back out in grants that we award to the community.”
The third annual Tour de Sunrise fundraiser returns to the East Side of the county at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Bowery at the Summit County Fairgrounds in Coalville. Participants are encouraged to walk, run or ride the 8-mile loop on the rail trail along Echo Reservoir.
The event features three themed stations that will include refreshments, food and music. Volunteers with the Rotary Club will be at each station along the way.
“We have asked the Rotarians to make the even special, especially the stations. Last year, we had a music and fun station, with a place for bike tuning, and we’ll have that again this year,” Nelson said. “The second station is beach themed and all the volunteers wear coconuts, hats and leis. The last station where you turn around is the Mexican beach theme where we’ll have chips and salsa and non-alcoholic pina coladas.
“It’s just a lot of fun and we encourage people to come out, bring your family and check out the fair after you finish,” she said.
Riders are encouraged to register at SummitCountyFair.org. The cost is $10 per person or $25 for a family of five. However, Nelson said people can show up the day of the event. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
A beach cruiser bike will be given away as an opportunity draw prize. The winner will be announced at noon at the fairgrounds. Participants will also receive smaller gift bags from the event’s sponsors, in addition to the opportunity to win more than 20 donated prizes.
Last year, about 160 people participated in the ride, up from 115 in 2015, Nelson said. She added, “We are really trying to bump it up to 300 if we can.” About $2,500 was raised for the nonprofit organization. Donations are also accepted online, she said.
“All the money will go straight back into the community,” Nelson said. “It’s such a great fun family opportunity so please come out and enjoy all we have to offer. Summer is coming to an end and this is a really good time to enjoy riding along the full reservoir and go to each of the stations and win prizes. It’s just a good, clean family-fun day.”
Travis English, Summit County’s fair coordinator, said “it’s just a really cool event.” The fair is one of the event’s main sponsors.
“The reservoir is full and it’s blue and looks the best it has in years,” English said. “It’s a fundraiser. It’s fun and gets the Rotary Club active in other portions of the county.”
To register for the event go to http://summitcountyfair.org/events/family-fun-bike-ride or call 435-336-3249. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Bowery at the Summit County Fairgrounds in Coalville. The Summit County Fair runs Aug. 5 through Aug. 12..
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