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Get ready to ‘Bike Faribault County’

By Staff | May 24, 2015

It’s time to celebrate by hitting the open road and traveling around Faribault County.

But, it’s not just a road trip or a quick visit to friends in another community within the county.

It is?the first-ever Bike Faribault County Day, a day organized to utilize the newly paved shoulders along Highway 109.

The Active Living Coalitions of Wells and Blue Earth have partnered for this event, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 30 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The bike tour is split up into a number of different segments, from Blue Earth to Wells, which participants can chose from to travel on, or they can choose to bike the whole path.

There will be monitored routes along County Road 11 and Highway 109 which will include various check-in points where riders can stop, or to begin the ride. The routes for the event include Blue Earth from Delavan which starts at the Faribault County Fitness Center. That route is a total of 12.5 miles.

The next segment begins at the City Park in Winnebago and goes to Delavan for a total of 8.25 miles.

Riders could choose to start at Delavan and end in Easton, which is 7 miles.

And, the last segment is a total of 9.6 miles and begins at the Easton City Park and goes to Half Moon Park in Wells.

There will be ride support along the route to include signage, law enforcement and the Broken Spoke shop of Blue Earth for bike repair.

Each town along the route will have a registration point and will also have refreshments.

Riders can make a day of the event by stopping to explore some of the highlights around Faribault County including; the city parks, the fairgrounds, campground, fitness center, the Green Giant, Department of Natural Resources birding trails and wildlife areas, the pink school house and the Wells Depot Museum.

Or, if all of the biking works up an appetite, riders can stop at restaurants in Wells and Blue Earth which will be open regular hours, or at Juliet’s Place in Easton which will be open special hours for the event.

All ages are welcome to participate in the first-ever Bike Faribault County Day, but those under the age of 18 must have adult permission.

Anyone interested in joining the fun can pre-register through the community education offices located in the Blue Earth Middle School or at United South Central. Doing so will guarantee a T-shirt.

The fee per rider is $10 with a family max of $25 and helmets are required for participants.