Finish The Ride Santa Clarita 2017 was a grand success!!
With over 300 participants, it was a gorgeous day and everyone left beaming!
The only complaint was that even when the hills and the winds were getting too tough, they knew they couldn't give up because they had to FINISH THE RIDE! Those who finished were treated to a special finishing medal!
This year's event marked the 2nd year return of SAFE's "Finish The Ride" event to Santa Clarita complete with a new partner, Tactical-180. Tactical-180 provides injured military, veterans, first responders, people with disabilities and their family members with a path to achieve a 180 change towards a healthier, happier life. To learn more about Tactical-180 and their programs, visit www.tactical180.org.
The exciting event kicked off with our acclaimed Metric Century -- the toughest route of the event. The 62 mile route utilized the newest and best bike trails in the city, including parts of the Santa Clara River Trail, Chuck Pontius Commuter-Trail and San Francisquito Creek Trail. This route impressed Southern California Bicyclist so much that it was a FEATURED ROUTE in their magazine and on their website!
Our opening ceremony featured speeches from Santa Clarita Police Department second in command, Lieutenent Diaz and SAFE's Executive Director, Damian Kevitt.
The ceremony was rounded out by a beautiful version of our national anthem performed by the Ho3 Band. This was a PERFECT launch for our 25 mile Tour de River and our 12 mile Fun Ride/Roll.
After the event, everyone 21+ was treated to two FREE beers from our sponsor, Erdinger. They not only provided alcoholic beer but were a staple at the finish line with their refreshing non-alcoholic beer as well! It was a HIT with all our participants and made for a great post-ride recovery area!
House of 3 Band ROCKED the end event expo with their blend of classic and current hits. It made the atmosphere upbeat and happy throughout the beautiful day!
Hungry at the end event expo? No problem! Burnt To A Crisp Texas Smokehouse was offering AWESOME BBQ to all participants! Every sale brought 25% back to the cause, so we appreciate everyone eating their fill!
Overall, it was a great day in the name of making safer streets and helping first responders and veterans stay active following a traumatic injury.
A HUGE thank you goes out to all our sponsors and supporters, such as:
Seth Davidson Law
City of Santa Clarita
Performance Endurance Gear
The Drexler Law Firm
Dr. Price's Vitamins
Homes 4 Families
California Pizza Kitchen
Old and Fit, Inc.
To see all the photos from the event and to order copies, click here.
Had fun? Join us at our next event. Registration opens on Friday, 10/07/2017 at www.FinishTheRide.org.