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Hundreds show up for Bike the Bend despite rain

Hundreds show up for Bike the Bend despite rain

It was a soggy start to our Sunday but that didn't stop this years Bike the Bend from being a success.

Bike the Bend Rider Joe Canarecci said, "the rain was definitely a good excuse not to get up at 7:30"

So Canarecci and a lot of other bike the bend participants didn't show up at the start of the event.

Bike The Bend Volunteer Blair Herrman said, "It started off it was kinda wet and dreary the weather was not looking the best."

Event Organizers were prepared for the weather.  "We had extra tents," said Herrman.

But it was still slow going at the beginning.

Blair Herrman: "We had a few of the hardcore bike the benders out this morning."

Bike the Bend Rider Mary Chamiel said, "avoiding the puddles when there's a lot of riders can make it a little tricky."  That's why she and her husband waited to start the bike ride.  "We avoided the rain but now we're on our way."

A lot of people did the same.  They didn't avoid the event all together, they just waited out the rain.  "Once the rain started stopping everybody was coming out," said Herrman.

Canarecci said, "getting started as late as we did I was like 'wow we're gonna be just chasing everybody' but there's a lot of people coming up behind us."

Once the crowds did show up they were happy they didn't let the rain keep them completely away.  "It's a chance to educate drivers and riders alike on the safety aspects," said Canarecci.  Chamiel said, "I like it because it's inter generational.  It's all ages, there are families out here."

This was the 5th annual Bike the Bend.
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