FARMINGTON -- This year's Antelope Island by Moonlight Bike Ride is expected to draw a record 1,500 riders -- 50 more than participated last year.
The 19th annual 22-mile island ride, with the theme "The End of the World -- Mayan Meltdown," will start at 10 p.m. July 6, and continue until 1 a.m. July 7.
All proceeds from the ride will go to Friends of Antelope Island, which will use the funds to make island upgrades, said ride coordinator Barry Burton, Davis County director of planning.
Online preregistration for the event is available through June 22 by visiting www.daviscountyutah.gov.
Preregistration is $22 for those age 15 and older, and $17 for those younger than 15.
Burton said after June 22 the registration fees increase to $27 and $22, respectively. The fee includes park entry, a T-shirt, the ride and refreshments at the historic Fielding Garr Ranch House, which serves as the half-way point in the ride.
"We expect 1,500 riders," Burton said of the recreation ride that follows a route from the island marina near the causeway to the ranch house and back.
"It is a great ride. It is a whole different world to be out there at night," said Burton, who rides in it each year.
Although the moonlight provides riders with the light they need to stay on course, he said, state law requires all bikes have a working head lamp.
There will be a limited number of head lamps available for sale on site, he said.
With this year's ride having an "end of the world theme," Burton jokingly added, "it may be your last chance to ride."
But if the world doesn't end in December as some say the Mayan calendar predicts, Burton said county officials are already putting on their thinking caps to come up with something extra special for the 20th anniversary bike ride in 2013.
Registration forms for the island ride are available at area bike shops or at the Office of Community and Economic Development in the Davis County Memorial Courthouse, 28 E. State St., Farmington.