The inaugural Coldwell Banker Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism was held Saturday, September 19, and was a huge success. We’re proud to announce the day yielded more than $10,000 for the Autism Council of Utah. In addition to raising money for a great cause, the Parkway Pedal proved that by working together, great things could be accomplished.
More than 250 bike riders of all ages and abilities came out on a beautiful, crisp autumn morning to support the Coldwell Banker Community Foundation and raise money and awareness for the Autism Council of Utah.
The Parkway Pedal route covered 55 miles along the Jordan River and Legacy Parkway trail systems that stretch from Ogden to Provo. Riders selected their own pace, and many chose their own distances, but all were united for one cause.
Finishing the ride was just the start of the celebration. As riders crossed the finish line there was a party-like atmosphere that lasted well into the afternoon. Three bands performed during the day with music from acoustic folk to some old-fashioned rock-n-roll. There was also a dance group from the Polynesian Islands that performed for the crowd and delicious food trucks. Children and families couldn’t stop smiling as they enjoyed the bounce houses, face painting, magicians and pictures with the princesses.
“The Parkway Pedal exceeded my exceptions for a first year event,” said Chris Jensen, President of Coldwell Banker Utah. “We had tremendous support from so many businesses in the community, as well as the Independent Sales Associates and members of the Foundation who volunteered their time. I’m proud of what we accomplished and the lives that will be made better because of the money we raised today.”
Four special winners took home bikes that were donated as prizes:
- Maren VanVranken won the Electra beach cruiser
- Jason Van Vleet won the Townie hybrid bike
- Dan Taylor and Officer Hulte from the West Valley City Police Department won the children’s bicycles
A special thanks to Doug Smith Subaru, Bingham Cyclery. Axiom Financial, Yesco Outdoor Media, Okland Construction and all those who made generous contributions to the Parkway Pedal, Coldwell Banker Community Foundation and the Autism Council of Utah.
We look forward to an even bigger and better event in 2016!
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