Embrace the Hills Bike Ride for Three Routes | Recreation
The 10th Annual Embrace the Hills Bike Ride Fundraiser will take place on September 18 and routes will begin at the Mondamin Community Center at 200 Maple Street in Mondamin.
Funds raised will go to the Matthew House Pantry. Registration is $ 10 and begins at 8 a.m. on the day of, and the ride will begin at 9 a.m.
The name “Embrace the Hills” comes from Tammi Mether, and her thoughts on cycling up hills are intimidating.
“I decided I should ‘kiss’ the hills rather than avoid them,” she said. “That’s where I got the name from.”
Tammi Mether and her husband Richard created this event in 2011, and it’s a self-paced bike ride.
“Some people are pushing hard and done by noon, and some people are enjoying the whole day,” Tammi Mether said. “It was fun watching the families biking together and just enjoying the day.”
She added: “We never worry about how long it takes, we just hang around and wait for them all to be done.”
There are three routes – a short, long and gravel route. The short drive goes through Pisgah and Little Sioux, the long drive goes through Magnolia, through Willow Lake, then through Pisgah and Little Sioux. The gravel road bypasses the Loess Hills State Forest.