Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 7, 2014

Rotary Club bike ride to help fight polio

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Bicycle enthusiasts rode long roads and conquered mountains Saturday to help the Rotary Club’s quest to end the threat of polio.

More than 20 riders participated in the inaugural Bluefield Rotary Ride for Polio Plus though Mercer County and Tazewell County, Va. Local Rotarians hoped to raise $2,000 for Polio Plus, an international Rotary Club project to eradicate polio across the world. Peter Romano, who organized the new event, said the club hopes to do the Rotary Ride every year and expand it.

“I ride a lot and I thought this was something that might not only raise funds, but be fun. For every dollar we raise, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matches two dollars, which is a good match.”

The ride had a 10-mile beginners route, a 30-mile intermediate route, and a 60-mile challenge, each beginning at Jack Asbury Square in Bluefield, Va., Romano said, adding he hopes to add a “century run,” a 100-mile route, to future Rotary Ride events.


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