This is the 19th annual bike-a-thon in Connell, a community of about 3,200 in eastern Washington, about 30 miles north of the Tri-Cities. Julie and Greg Hart do a fantastic job with this event every year and we decided to experience it firsthand in 2003. This year's event had 260 cyclists and raised over $59,000.
The course is one mile long on the streets around a residential neighborhood. The streets were blocked off from traffic, giving everybody plenty of elbow room. Tori did 22 laps and Robert rode for 30 laps despite an extended pit stop to fix a flat tire.
(Left) Here's Tori completing another lap. Although the rest stops were her priority during the ride, she still completed an impressive 22 laps.
(Right) Robert has he maneuvers through traffic. Even with all the different riders and walkers on the course, there was ample elbow room, thanks to having one-way bike traffic the entire width of the road for most of the course.