Join the more than 600 bike riders from throughout the region who are expected to participate in this Sunday's Prairie Pedal, the largest family bike ride in Lake County.
“Lake County has amazing, natural spaces waiting to be explored and enjoyed,” said Nathan Aaberg of the Liberty Prairie Conservancy, the organization coordinating Prairie Pedal. “We want to help parents reconnect their kids with nature. What is an easier way to do that than a bike ride?”
Riders can choose from four routes on May 15 including four miles, nine miles, 12 miles or 27 miles. The shorter routes take bikers through and into Libertyville Township's Oak Openings. The 27-mile route also takes bikers through Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve and an extra stretch of scenic Casey Road.
The 15th annual Prairie Pedal will show riders the beauty Lake County has to offer. Participants are expected from communities throughout Lake, McHenry and Cook Counties, among others.
"The Prairie Pedal is a fun way families can enjoy open space and learn more about nature within the county," Aaberg said.
Riders will start the Prairie Pedal between 8:30 and 11 a.m at the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Grayslake Campus, 1475 E. Route 120.
At rest stops, riders can enjoy nature education programs. The ride concludes with lunch, ice cream and professional massages at the historic in Prairie Crossing. There also will be a raffle drawing at noon with prizes such as an 18-speed mountain bike and White Sox tickets.
The conservancy has kept the price the same the past seven years to make it a family value. Registration is now $25 for adults and $15 for ages 6 to 17. Children ages 5 and under are free. Walk-ups are welcome.
For information, call the Liberty Prairie Conservancy at (847) 548-5989 or visit www.libertyprairie.org to register.