“Bike ride to raise mental health awareness in northeast Iowa”

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Posted: September 25, 2019

The Northeast Iowa affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host its “Peace Be The Journey” bicycle ride for mental health awareness from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Decorah Fish Hatchery, 2325 Siewers Spring Rd., Decorah. The purpose of the ride is to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and raise funds for education, support and advocacy for those affected by mental illness, their families and their communities.

The course for the ride will be the closed-loop Trout Run trail, beginning and ending at the fish hatchery. Welcoming comments and an address from Sheriff Marx will be made at 10 a.m. All riders are encouraged to wear helmets. Additionally, for-purchase concessions from Kymar Kafe, caramel-apple sundae bowls, a “bouncy house” and face painting will be available to all riders and the public. Door prizes have been contributed by numerous regional businesses.

Early registration for the ride, received by Sept. 15, is $25 for adults, $10 for teens and no cost for riders 12 and under. Riders with financial limitations and college students are asked to contribute $10 if desiring a t-shirt. Riders may register online at namineiowa.org. Registration fees increase by $5, and no t-shirts will be guaranteed for riders who register after Sept. 15. Registration is available at the event, and t-shirts may be available that day, depending upon demand and supply.

This event is generously sponsored at the $500 level by Winneshiek Medical Center, DECO Products, Peake Orchards, LetterWerks Sign City, Decorah Newspapers, Decorah Rental and Sales, and Wennes Communications. Generous $250 sponsors include, Decorah Bank and Trust, Rootz Salon, Don’s Sales and Service, Oneota River Cycles, Thrivent  Financial, Families First Counseling Services, and the Ackman/Green families.

All funds raised through the event go directly to NAMI services throughout Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Fayette and Clayton counties.