NORMAN — A special cycling team and nonprofit health organization will make Norman one of its destinations, as the annual cross country route will include Oklahoma for the first time.
Ride for World Health centers on a 3,700 mile, two-month cross country ride from San Diego to Washington, D.C. The team leaves San Diego today. Participants are college graduates, medical students and health professionals who engage in fundraising efforts in communities along the way and provide basic health education and discussions.
The Bicycle League of Norman, Buchanan Bicycles, Physical Therapy Central and S & B’S Burger Joint will host a solidarity ride with the team on a special route through Norman.
The solidarity ride and team visit to Norman will be April 10, beginning at Buchanan Bicycles, 561 Buchanan Ave., and ending at S&B’S Burger Joint, 102 W. Main St.
“(The solidarity ride) will be a great opportunity for community members to meet people riding across the country and showcase commitment to the cause,” said Jody Watson, NCED Marriott director of Fitness and Health.
Watson will participate in a portion of the national ride, accompanying the team from the starting point in San Diego today to its stop in Phoenix. A Norman resident, she is helping coordinate the Norman ride.
The 15-to-20 mile Norman ride will push off at 5:30 p.m., but participants are encouraged to arrive at 5 p.m. and stay after the ride at S&B to meet the national riders and learn more about the cause R4WH promotes.
“Every evening, wherever we stop, we try to find a school, YMCA, church or medical school where we’ll give talks ranging from something as advanced as foreign policy to something as basic as good hygiene,” said rider and Oklahoma native Erin Blackstock, a Harvard University medical student.