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More than 2,000 expected to participate in July 12 nighttime bike ride

Proceeds will support recreational programs for people with developmental disabilities

Registration has opened for the fifth annual OwL Ride, Omaha's nighttime urban cycling adventure. The unique recreational bike ride set for 10 p.m. Saturday, July 12 is the largest annual night bicycle ride between Chicago and Denver.

Log on to owlride.org to register and find more information. The cost to register is $30 for riders 19 and older, $10 for 18 and under when registering with an adult.  

This year’s ride offers bikers a choice of courses, a family-friendly 8-mile short course and 16-mile extended route, making the OwL Ride a fun and active experience for riders of all ages.  This year’s ride also features a new starting point, a return to Lewis and Clark Landing on Omaha’s riverfront.

There will be both pre- and post-ride entertainment, food and the annual Bright Bikes bike decorating contest, adding to the unique atmosphere that helped attract some 2,000 riders each of the last two years. Riders also will have a chance to win one of two ultimate urban bikes designed just for the event.

The ride benefits the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities, which supports much-needed services for adults with disabilities in the Omaha metro area.

Thanks to the proceeds from the OwL Ride, MFD in recent years has been able to significantly expand available programming for people with disabilities, including sponsorship of regular social outings, dances, cooking classes and reading clubs.

Many of the programs are offered through the professional staff of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute, a renowned service provider in our area. Go to omahadisabilities.org to learn more about MFD's work and mission.

Major sponsors of the OwL ride include Metro Credit Union and WOWT-Channel 6.

Munroe-Meyer Institute is committed to unlocking the potential of children and adults with developmental disabilities and genetic disorders through exceptional patient care, education and research. MMI health care providers annually diagnose and treat more than 10,000 children and adults with special needs.

Through world-class research and patient care, UNMC generates breakthroughs that make life better for people throughout Nebraska and beyond. Its education programs train more health professionals than any other institution in the state. Learn more at unmc.edu.

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Contact

Henry Cordes
Meyer Foundation for Disabilities
(402) 880-4314
henrycordes@msn.com

Tom O'Connor
UNMC Public Relations
(402) 559-4690 (office)
(402) 650-7063 (cell)
toconnor@unmc.edu