Moonlight Bike Race gaining popularity

Monday , June 24, 2013 - 12:01 AM

FARMINGTON — Promoting it as a family affair, recreational bike ride, rather than a competitive race, is one reason the Antelope Island by Moonlight Bike Ride has swelled from about 300 to 2,500 riders over the last two decades.

This year the Davis County-sponsored event will mark its 20th anniversary with a special celebration.

The ride will be at 10 p.m. July 19, with staging to take place at White Rock Bay on Antelope Island, said event coordinator Neka Roundy.

In previous years, the race has been staged at the Antelope Island Marina, Roundy said.

But because of the growing number of participants in the event, the county this year has had to move the starting point of the race from the marina to White Rock Bay, resulting in the distance expanding from a 22-mile to a 24-mile ride out to the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch House and back, officials said.

This year’s ride will also include a special 20th anniversary event at the ranch house, which signifies the halfway mark.

Endless Summer, a band that plays cover music featuring The Beach Boys, will set up near the ranch house, where refreshments will be served.

On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission approved a $650 contract with the band.

Prizes will also be offered for best-decorated bike or rider.

This year’s theme is “Still Chasing the Moon.”

Those interested can register for the ride by visiting www.AntelopebyMoonlight.com

Online registration is available through July 12. There will be no on-site registration on the island.

Registration is $25 per rider and includes park entry, refreshments served at the ranch house until midnight and a collector’s T-shirt.

This year’s T-shirt will be printed with a design that is a spinoff of the print used on the first collector’s T-shirt from 1993, Davis County event organizer Barry Burton said.

This year the county also has designed a bumper sticker that will be available for sale, Burton said.

“It’s just a great event," County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said.

What makes the event popular is that it is a bike ride, not a race, County Commissioner Bret Millburn added.

Millburn said he intends to participate in the ride.

Participants are required to use a bike with a working headlight and taillight. Helmets are mandatory.

Lights and helmets will be available for sale at the event.

Proceeds from the bike ride go to Friends of Antelope Island for projects that enhance the visitor’s experience on the state park island, Roundy said.

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