About 100 bicycle riders and support team members will arrive in Gettysburg, PA on Tuesday, July 12 for the 44th annual Anchor House Ride for Runaways. The annual cycling event, rated one of the top multi-day charity bike rides by Bicycling Magazine, raises funds for the homeless, abused and runaway youth and families served by Anchor House, a multifaceted social services agency headquartered in Trenton, NJ.
The riders and support crew will arrive at the Quality Inn on July 12 beginning at 1:00 p.m., having traveled 74.6 miles from Leesburg, VA. Early on the morning of July 14, the group will continue its 500-mile journey back to Trenton, NJ, with a 67.6-mile ride to Lancaster, PA.
The Ride attracts a variety of riders from New Jersey and more than a dozen other states. They range in ability from amateur bike racers to new cycling enthusiasts and in age from 18 to 72.
“I ride each year because I can combine my love of cycling with a desire to help the most vulnerable people in our community: the young people who come to Anchor House for help,” said Laura Carlson, a 10-year Ride for Runaways veteran and co-chairperson of the volunteer committee that organizes the event. “We have a wide range of interests and abilities on the Ride, but we all have one thing in common: we want to help kids.”
Founded in 1978, Anchor House serves at-risk and homeless youth and families in central New Jersey and is part of a nationwide system of runaway shelters. Programs offered by Anchor House include an emergency shelter for young people ages 8-18; a transitional living facility, the Anchorage, for high school students; a supervised apartment living program for young adults; a street outreach program for homeless youth; and a variety of counseling programs for at-risk youths and families.
“The Ride for Runaways is a key part of our success,” said Kim McNear, executive director of Anchor House, Inc. “The Ride began in 1978 to make the opening of Anchor House possible and it has been a constant source of funding and community-building ever since. Without the Ride for Runaways, we would not have been able to grow our programs to serve a wide range of young people.”
The Ride For Runaways starts in Charlottesville, VA, and will visit Culpeper and Leesburg, VA; Gettysburg, Lancaster and Lansdale, PA, before ending July 16 at Quaker Bridge Mall, outside of Trenton, NJ. For more information on Anchor House, visit www.anchorhousenj.org. The Ride’s website is www.anchorhouseride.org.