SIOUX CENTER – This year’s Wellness on Wheels bicycle ride will feature all new routes as it celebrates its fifth anniversary.
The event – which is put on by Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center with the help of many business sponsors – is slated for Saturday, June 6, during Sioux Center Summer Celebration. It also includes a meal, great prizes and a complimentary event T-shirt.
This year, the rides will start at Children’s Park in Sioux Center and will feature three distances for every riding level:
- A nearly 60-mile route will travel through southwestern Sioux County through the communities of Hawarden and Ireton;
- A nearly 30-mile route will travel to Ireton and back;
- A 6-mile family fun route will travel to Sandy Hollow Recreation Area and back.
|Bicyclists enjoy much camaraderie during the annual|
WOW bicycle event put on by Promise Community
Health Center. This year’s event is Saturday, June 6.
“The new route features some of the most beautiful and quiet roads that Sioux County has to offer,” he said. “High points include riding along the Big Sioux River and the lovely rolling hills of western Sioux County. Bring your climbing legs and be ready for a couple of screaming downhills.”
|Bicyclists pedal down rural Sioux County|
roads during last year’s WOW4 event.
A meal featuring Casey’s breakfast pizza will be served to the riders when they return to Children’s Park from their morning treks. Drawings for great prizes – boys and girls youth bicycles and two bicycle computers – will be held. A T-shirt will be given to riders.
Nancy Dykstra, executive director for Promise, said WOW has been a great event for the health center to offer every year.
“The event connects the health center to the community Summer Celebration while embracing our mission – providing holistic health care to improve the wellbeing of all persons,” she said. “Bicycling provides a host of health benefits: It improves cardiovascular health, it strengthens bones, it burns calories, it improves joint mobility, it builds stamina, it reduces stress, and it is environmentally friendly.”
She said WOW also an opportunity for people to take part in a “fun, relaxing, outdoor activity” – whether they enjoy the shorter ride as a family outing or venture out on the longer rides into the countryside surrounding Sioux Center.
|Bicyclists enjoy a meal following last year’s|
WOW ride. A Casey’s breakfast pizza meal,
prizes and more are planned for WOW5
during Sioux Center Summer Celebration.
“All the riders enjoy a time of sharing with food, snacks and beverages at the conclusion of the ride,” Dykstra said. “This will be our fifth annual ride. We look forward to seeing returning riders who enjoy this event each year, and we welcome new riders to experience the fun of WOW.”
The cost of the 30- and 60-mile rides is $25 per rider for those who register by the early-bird deadline of Monday, May 25. The cost will increase to $30 after that date. The cost for the family fun ride will be $10 per rider through May 25 and $12 after that date.
Call Promise Community Health Center at 712-722-1700 or visit www.promisechc.org. Promise also will provide updates on its Facebook page.