Registration for the 2020 ride will open approximately May 1, 2020

About Willkie Days Five in 50 Covered Bridge Ride


Thank you for helping make the 2019 Willkie Days Five in 50 Bike Ride a success.  We were able to raise $27,000 which was generously matched $2 for $1 by Lilly Endowment Inc. GIFT VII!   The funds will be used to make grants toward worthy causes here in Rush County.  We hope that you will be able to join us for the 3rd annual ride on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 10am.

The  registration for the 2020 ride will be opening soon.  Please check back later for additional information.  We will once again offer ride distances of 12, 25 and 50 miles for $40 per rider through September 8, 2020.   This year the event will begin and conclude at the Rushville Elementary West, where after-ride showers will be available.






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Date

Starts at:  September 19, 2020 9:00 AM
Ends at:  September 19, 2020 3:00 PM

Location

Rushville Elementary School West
400 W 16th Street
Rushville,IN 46173 USA

Contact

Rush County Community Foundation
317-586-8130
Fivein50@gmail.com

Why Participate?

Take in breathtaking scenery, improve your fitness, and support a community's efforts to preserve a piece of history.  The Five in 50 Covered Bridge Ride offers riders the premier riding experience in our region.  In a post-event survey, 100% of last year's riders indicated that they will return this year.  Here's what else riders had to say:

  • "Fantastic event and a total bargain.  The course was pretty, well marked, and not too tough.  The parade start was super fun!"
  • "I brought 7 friends and sure more would like to come next year.  We enjoyed everything.  The people running the ride and all the SAG stops were incredibly kind."
  • "I've ridden hundreds of organized rides, and I will definitely be back.  I enjoyed your ride, and all the volunteers were very friendly.  Was a very enjoyable ride."
  • "It was a nice ride in a very welcoming city that I had never been to!"
  • "This was an extraordinary event for the first time.  Congratulations to you all for doing such a fine job!  I loved starting the parade....Thanks for a great route and super organization!!!!"

How Your Support Makes a Difference

Your support of the Five in 50 Covered Bridge Ride directly impacts the Rush County community.  


The Five in 50 Covered Bridge Ride is a fundraiser for the Rush County Community Foundation.  All proceeds from the ride are permanently endowed at RCCF, forever supporting the community by providing impactful grants to the most important community causes and needs.  Help us preserve our bridges, improve our community, and support our people by riding, donating, forming a team, and sharing the opportunity!

Learn about the Five Covered Bridges

The bridges featured in our event are historic covered bridges, dating back to the 1870s.  Less than 2000 covered bridges remain in the world today, and Rush County is proud to be home to five functioning bridges.  Three generations of the Kennedy family built 23 bridges in Rush County between the 1870s and early 1900s.  The "Five in 50" ride provides you the unique opportunity to cycle through each of the bridges that remain operational in our community today.




Thanks to our generous 2019 sponsors