BATH TOWNSHIP — Bradley and Keith Burns of Wapakoneta were just two of the more than 200 people who participated in the annual Rally Point River Ride on Saturday.
The event is a fundraiser for the Youth for Christ programs at Rally Point Youth Center on North Main Street in Lima.
The father and son team chose the 62-mile course, which started and ended at the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities property on Ada road.
“We tacked onto a group during the last 20 miles or so and they kind of towed us along, so we were appreciative of that. The first 40, we were fine. It was a good route different than last year. It took us where we don’t usually ride so it was good in that aspect,” said Keith Burns.
Despite holding such an event during a level three pandemic, Bradley felt it was a good event.
“I think it’s great to have a lot of volunteers that did a great job today. It was very well run and we’re very appreciative of all the effort that they put into it,” said Bradley Burns.
For organizers of the event, the planning that went into keeping everyone safe was evident.
“We’re following the governing orders when it comes to social distancing — wearing face masks and there’s a lot of exemptions for wearing face masks that being in a red level right now that if you’re eating, if you’re can maintain six feet and being outdoors if you’re doing an act of physical activity, and so we just felt there’s common sense and that we can still host this,” said Jared Diller, Ministry Director of Youth for Christ.
Typically the event is held in an area park, like Heritage Park or Ottawa Metro Park, but the pandemic hit and they had to move it to the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities property.
“I wasn’t sure but as time moved on, things were opening back up and it just seemed like a natural partnership,” said Theresa Schnipke, superintendent of the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “We have everything open out here and they’re out back and we have access behind our building right onto the trail so it’s really been a great partnership and it even allowed them to meet more of the safety protocol being here with running water and bathrooms and just the big buildings and so we’ve had it open all day and everybody’s been following protocol. It’s just been great.”
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