Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Redbud Classic Offers New Racing Options

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Redbud Classic Offers New Racing Options

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Sponsors of this year's 20th annual Redbud Classic fund-raiser and competition in Nichols Hills will add new racing events for off- road bicycling and in-line skating to the two-day lineup.

Heidi Cohn, race director for the Redbud Classic, said the event April 6 and 7 will include a 42-mile Great Adventure Ride for cyclists and a 10-kilometer race for in-line skaters, both new events for the Redbud Classic.

Funds raised by the annual event this year will go to the Tripp Lewallen Memorial Foundation, established to fund an endowed chair in pediatric oncology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

"The mission of the Redbud is to be an Oklahoma City tradition that brings to the community fitness, fun and philanthropy," Cohn said.

The Redbud Classic started in 1983 with about 1,100 participants. That year, it raised $10,000. This year, event organizers expect more than 6,000 participants.

"We like to say that Redbud is a fitness event, but it has something fun for everyone," Cohn said. "Redbud is a community event."

Event sponsors have added a 42-mile cycling event to the April race lineup. The Great Adventure Ride will run along paved roadway to Arcadia Lake and then continue on dirt trails before returning to the starting point at the Waterford Complex at NW 63rd Street and N. Pennsylvania Avenue.

Cohn said the timed event will not include street bikes but will instead focus on mountain bikes and Cyclecross bikes in the competition.

"There's this whole new popularly with X-games and adventure sports, so we've added this event," she said. "It's a very different spin for Redbud."

Also Saturday, April 6, will be the 10-, 30-mile bicycle tours and a 50-mile timed bicycle event starting at Waterford Boulevard at the Waterford Complex.

The events also will include a Children's Fitness Run, a one- mile run, walk or stroll for children ages one to 12. The children's event is free of charge.

The events April 6 conclude with the annual Pasta on the Pond, a pre-race day buffet at the Waterford Pond.

"The purpose of Saturday's Pasta on the Pond is to give our athletes, who are preparing for the races, a carbo-loaded, energy boosting meal on Saturday evening," Cohn said. …

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