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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Annual bike ride a fund-raiser for international project

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  •  By Chad Frey?Newton Kansan?While cyclists can set their goals on finishing a long ride Saturday morning, the organizers of the 16th annual Mennonite Central Committee Flatlander Bike Ride have a lofty goal of their own — raise $7,000.?“Our goal is to raise $7,000 to support construction of and dams in the Dodoma region of Tanzania,” said organizer Annette Voth. “These dams provide clean, local water for homes and agriculture and are built with MCC partners.”?MCC is a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches — primarily Mennonite churches.?The Flatlander will start, and end, at the MCC warehouse off K-15 near 30th street in North Newton. The ride offers three courses along backwoods. Ride lengths of 35, 45 and 65 miles are planned. There also will be two family rides — one of eight and another of 16 miles. True to its name, the Flatlander will feature mostly flat terrain.?Registration will be from 7 to 8 a.m. with a ride start of about 8 a.m. Each participant should bring a bicycle, helmet, extra tire tube and water bottle. Helmets are mandatory.?Organizers said they hope for 150 riders.?Cost of the ride is $30 for individuals and $65 for families. The ride includes stops and a lunch. Along the course homemade cookies and water will be given to riders. There will be a catered meal for lunch at the MCC center.?For more information, contact Donna Becker at drb1@swbell.net or 283-5437. Preregistration can be done online at centralstates.mcc.org/programs/flatlander.

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