Use your pedal power for kids! All proceeds from our Annual Bike FUNd Ride event benefit the children and families of the Mary Kendall Campus of KYUMH in Owensboro, KY. The Mary Kendall Bike FunD Day is sponsored by Settle Memorial United Methodist Church. Four routes to select - 15K, 30K, 60K, 100K - rest stops on 60K and 100K with restroom and great snacks SAG drivers on 30K, 60K, and 100K Family friendly routes to the 60K and 100K VERY challenging routes.
The Bike FUNd Ride is held at the Panther Creek Park, 5160 Wayne Bridge Road, Trailhead Shelter in Owensboro, Kentucky.The event is supported by over 25 volunteers on the day of the ride, many provided by Settle Memorial United Methodist Church, who is dedicated to increasing awareness for the children of Mary Kendall (Owensboro) Campus and raising money for the children. 100% of the registration donations go directly to the children of Mary Kendall.
For more information about the race, contact:
MK Bike FUNd Ride Organizer
Rev. Randy Coy and his wife, Denise ride alongside.
On a late autumn Saturday in 2006, thirteen friends from Settle Memorial United Methodist Church in Owensboro, KY came together to ride a 10-mile route. Since the group was large, a suggestion was made to “pass the hat” or in this case “the helmet,” to collect money for a good cause. The Kentucky United Methodist Children's Home, Mary Kendall (Owensboro) Campus was selected as the recipient.
In early 2007, the group from Settle UMC decided to make the ride an annual event. Two routes were offered 20 mile and 40 mile in the fall of 2007.
In 2008, the event expanded to include four routes to select 15K, 30K, 60K, and 100K. The feedback was good from participants who enjoyed having the option to select from routes for the casual rider to the most experienced riders. The event landed its first Platinum Sponsor, Kittawa Sprangs Dippin’ Sauce, and they have continued to sponsor the event each year.
In 2009, the event was growing with registrations, and some good-hearted individuals took it upon themselves to challenge members of their congregation Pedal or Pledge. Pastors Rick Johnson and Kevin Mays along with Jeff Kidd raised nearly $2,800 in pledges. This was in addition to our record number of riders who paid to ride in the event. Sponsorship grew and the event also had its first non-U.S. registrant from Germany.
In 2010, registrations, sponsorships, and donations (pledges) continued to be strong. The race now averages over 100 riders. For the past several years, riders have been given long-sleeved t-shirts as part of their registration, and the shirts have made appearances around the community, across the state, and even outside the U.S.
Ridership draws heavily from the Owensboro area, including surrounding counties, but it is also picking up strength in other areas including Hart and Warren counties in Kentucky. Some riders have joined us from across the country, representing Oklahoma, Tenessee, and more.