Bike ride from West Newton to Pittsburgh will raise money for American Red Cross |

Bike ride from West Newton to Pittsburgh will raise money for American Red Cross

Joes Napsha | Trib Total Media
Robin Seibel of Salem Township rides off from West Newton Monday morning on the Great Allegheny Passage, destined for Washington, D.C. Seibel was one of nine riders participating in the seventh annual Bike4Life fundraising event for the American Red Cross. The group of long-distance bicyclists expect to bike the 300 miles to the nation's capital by Friday.

Bicyclists can exercise and raise money for a worthy cause next month when the Chestnut Ridge Chapter of the American Red Cross hosts bike rides along the Great Allegheny Passage between Pittsburgh’s South Side and West Newton.

The Ride for the Red — Steel Towns Trail Ride on Oct. 6 is designed for cyclists to choose their own starting point and ride anywhere from one mile up to 62 miles, which would be round-trip from beginning to end.

Riders must return to their starting point or arrange for their own transportation after their ride.

Riders will be able to register the day of the event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the West Newton Trailhead, next to the West Newton Bridge, and at the Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2000 Technology Drive, on the South Side.

Red Cross volunteers will serve bottled water and light refreshments at hydration stations located every four to eight miles along the trail, but riders are still urged to carry water and snacks. Riders should carry a cellphone and are encouraged to ride with a friend.

The registration fee is $45. Participants also are asked to try to raise $200 in support of the Red Cross.

The deadline for riders to receive a Red Cross T-shirt is Sept. 7. As of Saturday, $30,715 had already been raised, according to the Red Cross.

Tax-deductible donations can be sent by cash or check to the American Red Cross of Chestnut Ridge, ATTN: Ride for the Red, 351 Harvey Ave., Suite B, Greensburg, PA 15601. The donations are tax-deductible.

For more information and to register, visit .

The American Red Cross of Chestnut Ridge serves Armstrong, Fayette, Indiana and Westmoreland counties.

Joe Napsha is a
Tribune-Review staff writer.
You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252 or [email protected]

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