Biking or running along the Soldier Ridge Trail at the foot of the Bighorns in Sheridan seemed the perfect fundraiser for the Sheridan Community Land Trust organization, three years ago.
That's how Bike-Tober Fest was born. Executive Director Colin Betzler said the route takes the runners and bikers over a trail the land trust helped preserve.
He said the event is expected to draw about 100 participants and raise around $5,000. The entry fee of $40-50, depending on the length of the race, goes right back to the land trust to be used for recreational projects.
Betzler said the event also raises awareness for the non-profit organization and draws supporters who help continue the trust's mission of creating multiple uses for Sheridan County's public lands. That means promoting agricultural landscapes, open spaces, wildlife habitats and historical structures and sites, while providing complementary opportunities for recreation as deemed essential to the quality of life and economic stability of the county.
Bike-Tober Fest starts at 3 in the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds. A pre-race clinic will be presented at noon by a Casper bike club and an after-race party is scheduled from 5-9. Both events are free and open to the public. The Bald Tires & Banana Seats band, otherwise known as The Craft Brothers, will be spinning their wheels to get the dancin' goin'.