Area bicyclists will gather this Saturday, as they do every first Saturday in June, to celebrate the memory and continue the legacy of an area teen who worked to help less fortunate kids.
The 17th annual Cory’s Ride will be held this Saturday morning, June 6, at the Tall Cedars Picnic Grove on Sawmill Road in Hamilton. The event is open to anyone 18 or older. Just bring a bike and a helmet.
Cory’s Ride raises scholarship money for young adults who are headed to college or planning to attend a technical school. Scholarships are often given to students who have faced some sort of family hardship.
The ride is named for Cory Golis, the Hopewell teen who died in 1998 in a cycling accident while raising money for Anchor House, the Trenton-based nonprofit that provides shelter and other services to runaway, abandoned and abused children and families.
Seventeen years after the 15-year-old was struck by a vehicle and killed on the last leg of Anchor House’s annual week-long Ride for Runaways, Golis continues to influence the lives of young men and women through the scholarship program that was created in his memory. The event, an area tradition that draws more than 200 bicyclists annually, is sponsored by the Anchor House Foundation with the blessing and support of the Golis family.
Cyclists will be treated to scenic countryside views and gentle, rolling hills. Choose between 10-mile, 20-mile and 50-mile routes that have been mapped out for participants.
On-site registration for the ride is from 7 to 9 a.m. Riders who want to do the 50-mile ride should start by 7:30 a.m., those who want to do the 20-mile ride should begin by 9 a.m., and cyclists completing the 10-mile route should begin by 10 a.m. The registration fee of $35 goes toward the Cory C. Golis Anchor House Scholarship Fund and includes a t-shirt and a picnic after the ride.
The event always draws a host of newcomers as well as veterans. Some of the riders are bicyclists training for the 37th annual Anchor House Ride for Runaways, a 500-mile ride. The cyclists will start biking from Oswego, New York on July 12 and finish their ride at the Quaker Bridge Mall on July 18.
The 2015 scholarship recipients will be named during the picnic. Winners have been invited to attend. The event will be held rain or shine.
Last year more than $10,000 in scholarships was awarded to area high school students in honor of Golis. More than $140,000 in scholarships has been awarded since the program began.
For further information about Anchor House or Cory’s Ride, or to make a contribution to the Cory C. Golis Anchor House Scholarship Fund or Anchor House, contact the Anchor House Foundation at (609) 278-9495 or visit www.anchorhouseride.org or www.corysride.com.