2010-09-23 / Letters to the Editor

Race or cheer for Jamestown Classic

The Jamestown Rotary Club has been working for the past few months organizing the 35th annual Jamestown Classic to be held Columbus Day, Oct. 11. This is the Rotary Club’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

More than 1,000 riders and spectators will converge on Jamestown for the day. Racing will begin at 8 a.m. and be completed by around 1:30 p.m.

If you have ever thought of riding in this event, this is the year to do it. The citizens’ race (“fun ride”) is back, and we will record times this year. You don’t need to buy a license for this ride and you can ride any bicycle (no tandems or unicycles), but you still need to wear a helmet.

You can find more information at www.james townclassic.com.

The race course circles the island, starting on Conanicus Avenue at the recreation center. Riders will travel north on Conanicus to East Shore Road, where they will turn south at Summit. From Summit Avenue, they will travel the length of North Main Road through the intersection at Narragansett Avenue onto Southwest Avenue. They will then follow Beavertail Road out to the lighthouse and back. The race then turns right onto Hamilton Avenue, traveling to the end, where the race turns left on Walcott and Conanicus, and finishes at the recreation center for a total of 19.1 miles.

We are looking for volunteer road marshals to ensure the safety of the riders and residents during the race. Road marshals will be stationed at most intersections along the route. We like to assign volunteers to an intersection close to their house. Time commitment for this ride is about four hours total, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The race is done in two sessions – one starting at 8 a.m. and the other starting at 11 a.m. The morning races consist of two laps, so the commitment is approximately two hours. Afternoon races are one lap and last a little more than an hour.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact jamestown classic@cox.net or call Mike Schnack at 423-3496.

This should be an exciting day of racing and a great opportunity to show off our island. Come out and race, or cheer on the riders!

The Rotary Club extends a big “thank you” to the community for your support with this, our premier fundraising event.
Mike Schnack and
David Reardon
Race coordinators
Jamestown Classic

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