Give Hope Ride takes bikers on courses throughout Hamilton County


The Give Hope Ride gives bikers an option of riding along an 8-mile, 21-mile, 41-mile or 52-mile course through Hamilton County and Fishers. (Submitted photo)

By Renee Larr

On May 29, The Fishers YMCA will host the sixth annual Give Hope Ride. Participants can choose to ride along an 8-mile, 21-mile, 41-mile or 52-mile course throughout Hamilton County and Fishers.

“The Give Hope Ride came to us at the YMCA several years ago. It was started by John Wright. He started it out as a bike ride with friends, but he decided to make it a fundraising event for a local hospital,” Member Involvement Director David Clark said. “After he had done that for a handful of years, it became overwhelming planning an event that size. He came to us a few years ago to see if it’s something we would want to take on and help organize as a fundraiser for the YMCA.”

Anyone can participate in regardless of physical activity level. It’s open to individuals and families.

“You don’t have to be a YMCA member. We offer rides of 8, 21, 41 and 52 miles. We have something for people who aren’t really enthusiastic riders,” Clark said. “The 8-mile ride is our cruiser ride. Nothing is timed. It’s more of a day to celebrate wellness and celebrate the YMCA.”

Proceeds benefit the YMCA, which assiss families who might not be able to afford their programs.

“We have a campaign every year, and we raise funds for local kids and local families who would otherwise be unable to afford YMCA programs, day camps and memberships,” Clark said. “All of our fundraisers throughout the year, all the money goes into that campaign.”

Registration fees vary by route. Each rider will be required to bring their own bike and helmet. All rides start at Heritage Park in Fishers. Attendees need to arrive by 7:45 a.m. To register, visit


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