Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour
It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since the Wish-A-Mile group re-routed their 3 day, 300 mile bike tour to include Big Rapids. Since then this vibrant group has brought not only their positive attitudes and determination with them but they also utilize our local lodging facilities along with food and beverage facilities.
This 300 mile trip is full of fun and positive support and all is with everyone working toward the same goal – helping raise money to make a difference in children’s lives that are facing medical obstacles that no family should not have to endure.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan grants about one wish per day for a child with a life-threatening medical condition. This amazing organization believes that a wish experience can be a game-changer and it’s this one belief that guides them in everything they do. It inspires them to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids in our Michigan communities.
Typically this group brings 900 – 1,000 cyclists, along with their support crew, for this annual event but with this being the 30th anniversary the Wish-A-Mile group believes that there will be even more participants for this year’s tour.
To help make these dedicated riders feel welcome to the community, and to show our appreciation for their efforts, the Mecosta County CVB is working with local businesses to express support for this great cause. “These dedicated riders range from families with small children to folks in their 80’s taking on the challenge.
On Friday, July 28th, the group’s 100 mile day begins at Traverse City East Middle School taking them through numerous towns and communities until they arrive to Mecosta County via M-20, Michigan Avenue and ending at Ferris State.
The Wish-A-Mile group has teamed up with Dean Transportation and will shuttling folks from FSU campus to Downtown Big Rapids between 3:00pm and 8:00pm. Currently the Mecosta County CVB will be placing encouragement signs along the rider’s route for the last five of the trip.
The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium will be offering specials and discounts to patrons this day in addition to partnering with the Mecosta County CVB to host Outlaw Express Band in Pocket Park from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Area businesses and organizations are encouraged to help show not only their support for these great folks and their amazing cause but to also show off what a great community and fantastic businesses that we have here in downtown Big Rapids as well.
Should you have any questions regarding this event or would like to help show your support please contact the Mecosta County CVB at 231.796.7640 or stop by our new office at 127 S. State St.
Routes can be found using the following PDF's: