Saturday, the bicycle community will come together to support breast cancer awareness and the impact this disease has had on the citizens of this community.

Trek Bicycle Corporation is looking for riders and volunteers to support its second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Ride. Rides will take place across the nation to bring together families and friends on the same day to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.

The Stillwater ride will begin at 10 a.m. on the corner of Main St. and Third Ave. near Cooper’s Bicycle Center.

Participants can park in the Stillwater National Bank parking lot. Anyone whose life has been affected by breast cancer or who is interested in supporting breast cancer research is encouraged to participate.

Riders can choose to go distances of two and a half, five, 10 or 20 miles. The shorter, local rides are designed to be fun for families and first-time riders. The longer rides are intended for more experienced riders.

Volunteers are also needed to help with sag, registration, rider information, directions and home-baked goodies.

Individuals or organizations can also adopt a rest stop free of charge. There will be four rest stops — two in the first 10 miles and two in the second 10. Adopters can name a rest stop in honor or memory of a friend.

Sponsors of the bike ride include Cooper’s Bicycle Center, Women First Digital Breast Imaging Center, Stillwater National Bank, Seretean Wellness Center and the Stillwater Red Dirt Pedalers Bicycle Club.

Last year Stillwater had 20 riders and raised $500.

Riders pay an entry fee of $25 to participate and all proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Donations will also be accepted.

The first 25 registrants receive two goodie bags — one provided by Trek and the other by the Stillwater Convention and Visitors Bureau. One lucky rider will also receive a free digital mammogram from Stillwater Medical Center valued at $230.

Online registration will be taken at (search for Trek Awareness) or at Cooper’s Bicycle Center, 220 S. Main St.. Those interested in volunteering can get information at Cooper’s.

A vehicle will always be on hand to provide support to a rider who has minor mechanical problems, needs food or water or to pick them and their bicycle up to transport them either to a rest stop or to the ride finish.

For more information about the event, please call Kathy Legako at 405-377-0104 or e-mail her at .

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