posted September 11, 2013

Homecoming Includes 50K Bike Ride and 5K Run on Saturday

Hope College will feature a 50K recreational bike ride and a chip-timed, competitive 5K run, both open to all ages, on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the morning.

Each event will begin and end at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium, with the run finishing across the 50-yard line.  The two activities have been scheduled in conjunction with the college’s Homecoming Weekend, and registration is open to the general community.

The 50K (31-mile) bike ride will begin at 8 a.m., and will be a recreational ride with participants split into two groups, one anticipated to travel 16-18 miles per hour, and the other 20-plus miles per hour.  The groups will be led by VeloCity Cycles.  Requirements include a helmet.

The run will begin at 9 a.m., and will include a light breakfast, refreshments and a performance t-shirt.  The results will be posted online.

Registration for the bike ride is $20 for the general public and alumni, and $15 for Hope students, faculty and staff.

Registration for the run is $20 for the general public and alumni, and $10 for Hope students, faculty and staff.  The fee for registration will increase by $5 after Friday, Sept. 27.

Participants may register online at hope.edu/homecoming or by calling the college’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (616) 395-7250.  Participants may also register in person on Friday, Oct. 4, during the advance packet pick-up taking place at New Holland Brewing Company in downtown Holland at 6:30 p.m.

Ray and Sue Smith Stadium is located on Fairbanks Avenue at 13th Street.  New Holland Brewing Company is located at 66 E. Eighth St., at Eighth Street and College Avenue.

Additional information about Hope College’s Homecoming Weekend, which runs Friday-Sunday, Oct. 4-6, is available online at hope.edu/homecoming.  The weekend includes a variety of arts events and athletic competitions open to the community, as well as the inauguration of Dr. John C. Knapp as the 12th president of Hope College and reunion activities for graduates from 1988 through 2013.