COBYS Bike & Hike is Sept. 9

By on August 15, 2018

Gwen Myer (left), of Lititz, and Olivia Shenk, of Elizabethtown, participated in the 10-mile bicycle ride at the 2017 Bike & Hike.


The 22nd annual COBYS Bike & Hike will be held Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Lititz Church of the Brethren, 300 W. Orange St., Lititz.

The event supports COBYS ministries to children and families. The Bike & Hike includes a three-mile walk, 10- and 25-mile bicycle rides, and the 65-mile Dutch Country Motorcycle Ride, which this year will travel along scenic country roads in northwestern Lancaster County. A silent auction runs throughout the afternoon.

The Bike & Hike is COBYS’ signature fundraiser, having raised more than $1.3 million for COBYS ministries since its inception. Last year, the Bike & Hike grossed $136,669 and attracted more than 600 people.

Participants included 306 walkers, 129 bicyclists, and 166 motorcyclists on 104 cycles, along with some additional friends who stopped in to visit and participate in the silent auction.

Bike & Hike income has grown for 19 consecutive years. Planners are seeking to make it 20, while also setting a new attendance record.

“We are off to a great start this year, with record business support already in the bank,” said Director of Development Don Fitzkee. “Now we just need walkers, riders, and donors to get us the rest of the way.”

Walkers and bicyclists donate a $25 registration fee, obtain support from sponsors, or both. Motorcycles are $35 per cycle, plus $25 for an additional passenger. Those who pre-register by Sept. 5 receive a $5 discount. Individuals who raise $25 or more in pledges do not need to pay the registration fee.

Each participant receives a free t-shirt, ice cream and refreshments, and a chance to win a door prize. Those who raise certain levels of support earn additional prizes. Junior and senior high youth groups who raise $1,500 or more earn a gym and pizza night.

A WJTL radio personality will provide live reports from the event.

For more information about the Bike & Hike, visit

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