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SCAVMA’s Ride the Heart of the Valley bike ride event fast approaching

March 14th, 2011

With warmer weather and more sunny days, spring is the time people emerge from their homes and start becoming more active. A great way to get back into shape is to hop on a bike. The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (SCAVMA) third annual Heart of the Valley Bike Ride is the perfect opportunity to do this.

This year’s Heart of the Valley Bike Ride on Saturday, April 23, is raising money for OSU’s Olive K. Britt Endowment for Emergency Animal Care, which provides medical care for pets of low income families, and the Benton County Health Center, which helps provide health care for low income families.

The Heart of the Valley Bike Ride is also fulfilling this year’s “One Health” focus of obesity awareness for the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Medical Association. Healthy food will be served and additional information on obesity will be provided at the celebration.

The event, which is open to everyone in the community, includes two bike courses: an easy 12-mile route and a moderate 30-mile route. Following the ride, participants are invited to a celebration that will include various healthy foods, cold beverages, music and a raffle.

Participants this year are asked to raise a minimum of $30 to support the charities, although prizes will be given to the participants who raise the most money. In addition, others who are not interested in participating in the ride can attend the celebration afterward for a small donation of $15.

The goal this year is to increase awareness of the event and hopefully gain more participants in the ride. To register online, please visit http://rhv.yolasite.com. For more information on the event, please e-mail questions to SCAVMAevents@oregonstate.edu.

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