Interfaith Shelter’s Foliage Tour and Race Returns October 18

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Saturday, October 18th will showcase the Talbot Interfaith Shelter’s signature cycling fundraising event, the Shelter Century Fall Foliage Tour. The third annual event will open with a ‘show and go’ start from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The event features four separate rides, a 10 mile ride, a 32 mile fitness ride, a metric century (63 mile) and a full century (100 mile) ride. This year will also feature the new #lovewins 5K walk through the award-winning Hog Neck golf course. Proceeds benefit the Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS), a cold weather homeless shelter in Talbot County, MD.

Registration closes at midnight on October 16, 2014 and re-opens at 6:00 am on Saturday morning, October 18, 2014 at the Hog Neck Golf Course.

New this year is an app that riders can download onto their mobile devices that shows routes, rest stops and offers turn by turn directions. The app was created by Earth Data, Inc., the founding sponsor of the event.

The fall foliage ride takes cyclists through picturesque Talbot County, on quiet roads with gentle hills rising through lush farmland and forests with water views of the Choptank River. Starting and ending at the famed Hog Neck Golf Course, cyclists and walkers will be celebrated with an after-party complete with pizza, homemade pie, local brews and the sweet sounds of singer Jayme Ploff.

The event is a ride, not a race. Rest stops will be available for all courses with light food, refreshments and restrooms. The course is just minutes from Easton, offering cyclists and their families shopping, dining and lodging.

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter is dedicated both to providing safe, temporary shelter to men, women, and children who lack adequate housing, and to raising awareness of the issues of homelessness in Talbot County. Over 400 volunteers from local faith communities have worked together since 2008 to keep neighbors off the streets and in warm beds during the winter. Sponsors and cyclists participating in the event will directly help provide shelter to homeless men, women and children.

To register to ride or sponsor the event, visit the Shelter Century website (www.sheltercentury.org). For information about the Talbot Interfaith Shelter, see their website (www.talbotinterfaithshelter.org). For additional information or questions, call 443-205-2828 or email sheltercentury@gmail.com.

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