Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Franklin Food Bank’s annual Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride is traditionally held in April and is one of the first bike rides of the season.   This year is no exception, with the Tour scheduled for Sunday, April 30, 2017, in Somerset, NJ.  This year is the Tour de Franklin’s 28th year, and it has grown into a community tradition.  Every April, the event kicks off the riding season for many avid cyclists, signals Spring for the Franklin community, and provides an opportunity for everyone to help neighbors and fight local hunger.

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For the second year in a row, the Tour de Franklin will be held at the Franklin High School at 500 Elizabeth Ave in Somerset. The day will consist of seven different rides, including the 62-mile, 40-mile, 25-mile, 10-mile, 1-to-5-mile walk or ride, and a 5-mile and 10-mile ride along Somerset’s scenic canal, offering something for everyone.  Ride start times are staggered throughout the morning, with riders returning to the High School for a community lunch at the end of their ride. T-shirts are guaranteed for all participants who register by April 7, and special T-shirts will be awarded to Silver Riders who raise over $150 and Gold Riders who raise over $300.

The Tour de Franklin is the Franklin Food Bank’s largest fundraiser and a critical part of the Food Bank’s financial support. 2016 was a record year, with 775 riders coming together in one day to raise over $78,000 for the Food Bank.  This is a substantial increase from the Tour’s humble beginnings in 1989 when 30 riders banded together to raise $1,500.  However, the Food Bank’s needs are also far greater than in 1989, with almost 10,000 food packages provided to the community in 2016. While the $78,000 raised by the Tour de Franklin sounds like a lot, it is a small part of the Food Bank’s annual budget.

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Tour Start Times

All of the following rides start at Franklin High School (500 Elizabeth Avenue, Somerset, NJ)

8:00 AM:  Metric Century (62 Miles), sponsored by Thor Labs

8:30 AM:  40 Mile Ride sponsored by Premier Development

9:00 AM:  25 Mile Ride sponsored by Evolution of Smooth

10:45 AM: 1-5 Mile Walk/Ride

11:00 AM: 10 Mile Walk/Ride

The following rides start at the Ranger Station (Blackwells Mills Road & Canal Road)

10:00 AM: 5-10 Mile Canal Ride

10:30 AM: Canal Walk/Ride

Join Our Growing List of Sponsors

Metric Century Sponsor

Thor Labs

40 Mile Ride Sponsor

Premier Development

25 Mile Ride Sponsor

Evolution of Smooth

Fuel Sponsor

Masjid-e-Ali

Billboard Sponsors

Bike N Gear          L’Oreal          Rotor Clip          Stop & Shop

 Lunch Sponsors

Support And Gear (SAG) Sponsors

Financial Resources Federal Credit Union          TriCorp Amusements          John Galat

 Tee-Shirt Sponsors

Cedar Hill Preparatory School           Art of Dentistry & Spa

Breakfast Sponsors

Karla and Tristan Wallack          Inside Edge Consulting

Mile Marker Sponsors

Shimalla, Wescsler, Lepp & D’Onofrop LLP          Wilf Campus for Senior Living Inc.           TriCorp Amusements

AVE Living          Franklin Reporter & Advocate          Jimmy John’s          

 

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