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Four-day Rotary bicycle tour ends in Tamaqua Tuesday

Published June 27. 2011 05:02PM

Many campaign-driven bicycle riders will be arriving in Tamaqua around 6 p.m. tomorrow as they finish one of the last stretches of the Rotary's four-day Schuylkill County bike tour, called 'Rotary Pedals Out Polio'.

The 335-mile bike tour, sponsored by District 7370 of Rotary International (Central PA), is being held to raise continued funds, support and awareness for Rotary's never-ending campaign to totally eradicate polio from the face of the earth. Polio, or Poliomyelitis, is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. The virus spreads by direct person-to-person contact, by contact with infected mucus or phlegm from the nose or mouth, or by contact with infected feces.

The ride, created and joined by Rotarians Jeffrey Coup and Eric McDowell, started Saturday with a 71-mile ride from Renovo to Hughesville. Yesterday was the single longest distance of the four-day tour, which involved riders traveling a lengthy 94-miles, ending in Danville. Today, riders are currently riding 67 miles, ending their third day of the tour in Ashland.

The cyclists, traveling 90-miles tomorrow, are expected to leave their last departure location in Mahanoy City tomorrow around 5 p.m., ending their long tour at the Tamaqua YMCA parking lot around 6 p.m. Interested cyclists are still encouraged to participate in any part of the last day of the ride, which has 11 departure points in 11 communities. Interested riders, ranging from beginners to experienced, may join the tour at any departure point and leave the tour whenever they wish.

A minimum gift of $25 is requested to participate in any part of the tour. Virtual riders (donate not to ride) are encouraged to participate as well. To donate or for more information about participating in tomorrow's final stretch to Tamaqua, visit or call Tamaqua Rotary Club President Lynn Zimmerman at (570) 668-6854 or (570) 668-1947.

Tuesday's Departure Locations:

9 a.m. - Higher-Up Park, 19th and Oaks Street, Ashland. (15 miles)

10:25 a.m. - Hegins Park, Park Drive, off East Main Street, Hegins. (8 miles)

11:20 a.m. - Trinity U.C.C. 400 East Grand Avenue, Tower City. (19 miles)

12:50 p.m. - (ride through, no stop), Minersville. (6 miles)

1:30 p.m. - Sapa Industrial Extrusions, 53 Pottsville Street, Cressona. (5 miles)

2:00 p.m. - Union Station, 300 Centre Street, Pottsville. (2 miles)

2:10 p.m. - (ride through, no stop), Port Carbon. (8 miles)

3:00 p.m. - Law Office, Frack Street, near North Lehigh Street, Frackville. (4 miles)

3:25 p.m. - Shenandoah Senior Living Community, 101 E. Washington Street, Shenandoah. (6 miles)

4:10 p.m. - Ringtown Recreation Area, North Center Street, Ringtown. (9 miles)

5:05 p.m. - Corner Pub, 239 East Center Street, Mahanoy City. (11 miles)

Ends at 6:00 p.m. - Tamaqua YMCA, 1201 East Broad Street, Tamaqua.

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