‘Miles in Memory of Josh’ bike ride reaches 10th year

By on August 24, 2011

A group of Josh Montpetit's family members are pictured at the registration table prior to last year's 'Miles in Memory of Josh' bike ride event at the Mt. Gretna bike trail.A group of Josh Montpetit's family members are pictured at the registration table prior to last year's 'Miles in Memory of Josh' bike ride event at the Mt. Gretna bike trail.

The "Miles in Memory of Josh" Bike Ride has become an annual tradition for many people over the past decade.

That will continue this Sunday, Aug. 28 (rain or shine) with the 10th annual event slated for the bike trail in Mt. Gretna. The ride check-in and sponsorship hand-in will be held from 12:30 to 1 p.m., with the ride beginning at 1 p.m.

"This year marks the 10th year of the Miles in Memory of Josh event and we are very happy and proud to be able to continue the annual tradition while keeping the memory of Josh alive," said Krista Jenkins, event coordinator and Josh’s aunt.

On Oct. 24, 2001, life was cut short for Joshua Montpetit, who died of complications from a congenital heart condition called transposition of the great vessels. Since Josh’s death, his family has been coordinating this annual event. The purpose of the bike ride is two-fold. One is to keep the memory of Josh alive. The second reason is to raise funds for the Joshual Montpetit Foundation.

Originated in 2001, the foundation was created to honor Josh by awarding scholarship monies to two areas that reflect Josh and his life. The Warwick Basketball Program, where he served as assistant coach, and also to any Warwick student that has faced challenges in their lives who apply and write an essay sharing how their life and Josh’s parallel.

Today, the family is excited to broaden the criteria of the foundation to consider a variety of opportunities within the community that will bless individuals or organizations that demonstrate a need in line with the mission of the Joshua Montpetit Foundation.

"Thanks to the 10 years of successful events, the Joshua Montpetit Foundation has been able to award over $35,000 in scholarship monies to more than 40 recipients," Jenkins said.

As in previous years, the 2011 ride will again take place on the bike train in Mt. Gretna, a very special place to Josh and his family. Mt. Gretna is where Josh spent many family vacations playing games, visiting the Jigger Shop, feeding squirrels and playing SPUD and basketball. In addition, the Mt. Gretna trail offers a flat, beautiful scenic ride and convenient location for everyone. There will be refreshments at the rest stops along the trail as well as a lunch provided after the ride. The lunch is being graciously donated by Subway, located at 66 Broad St., Lititz.

Directions to the Mt. Gretna bike trail are as follows: From Lancaster/Lititz, follow Rt. 72 north toward Mt. Gretna. Take the Rt. 117/Mt. Gretna exit. Go to bottom of exit ramp and turn left. Travel 5.4 miles through the town of Mt. Gretna and past the Mt. Gretna lake until you come to a stop sign at the ‘T’ in the road. Turn right onto Wilson Road. Make an immediate right into the public parking area and look for the registration tables.

All proceeds will be given to the Joshua Montpetit Foundation. The distance will be one to 10 miles according to your discretion. A minimum sponsorship of $10 per adult is requested and appreciated. Please remember to register ahead by calling 717-940-2831. You can also visit Facebook @ Miles in Memory of Josh. The trail is comprised of paved surfaces and fine gravel and will accomodate almost all types of bikes. For those people who are unable to bike, you are welcome to walk, jog or run.

In order to get an accurate account of participation, organizers are kindly asking that all riders and participants register ahead by calling Jenkins at 717-940-2831. Please be sure to leave your name and number. You may also contact Jenkins if you have any questions or want additional information on this year’s event.

Anyone unable to participate in the event who is interested in contributing to the scholarship fund can send checks made payable to the Joshua Montpetit Foundation to Lisa Shirk, 2335 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601. More BIKE RIDE, page B-6

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