PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK — Initial strands of sunlight will intensify the vivid purples, thousands of shades of pink and rusty reds and panoramic views greeting cyclists on the second annual Pedal the Petrified tour ride through the Petrified Forest National Park, east of Holbrook, on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Cyclists in the 60-mile round-trip ride depart from the park’s north entrance at 7 a.m. Those choosing the 36-mile one-way tour, depart at 7:30 a.m. Transportation is provided back to the starting point from Rainbow Forest.
Riders are encouraged to stop at various scenic points throughout the course, where volunteers will be on hand to provide water and snacks and to stamp the rider’s passport making them eligible for donated prizes at the conclusion of the ride.
Pedal the Petrified raises funds for scholarships for Northland Pioneer College students. Additional donations can be made online directly to the scholarship fund. Another option is to obtain rider sponsorships, at 50¢ per mile, for the fund.
The $75 registration fee (prior to Sept. 1) covers the park entrance fee, event tee shirt, metal water bottle, a rider’s lanyard/passport and drawstring bag. The event fee increases to $100 on Sept. 2. Riders must sign up before 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15. No registrations can be accepted on the day of the event. The event is limited to 200 riders.
Northland Pioneer College serves the residents of Navajo and Apache counties through four regional campuses and five centers with a variety of educational options for academic, career and technical and personal enrichment. NPC supports each student’s educational goals through affordable tuition, small class sizes and caring, professional instructors. For more information about NPC programs and services, or call (800) 266-7845.
– – – N P C – Expanding Minds • Transforming Lives – – –