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Ride the Rogue bicycle event returns for 2022

Courtesy photo Bicycle riders participate in a past Ride the Rogue event.
Fundraiser was canceled in 2021 due to COVID-19

The Ride the Rogue bicycle event is back on this year after being canceled in 2021 during a surge of COVID-19 cases in the Rogue Valley.

The Rogue River Greenway Foundation announced the Ride the Rogue fundraiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 24.

The event features three rides — a 20-mile route, a 40-mile route and a 62-mile (100-kilometer) route.

The rides will be followed by a party with food, craft beer and music at Palmerton Park in the town of Rogue River.

Organizers will release more details as planning continues. Check ridetherogue.org for updates. As of this week, the website didn’t have information about the 2022 event.

The 2021 Ride the Rogue event was canceled as the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus swept through Jackson and Josephine counties in the summer and fall, overloading local hospitals with COVID-19 patients and delaying care for others. Organizers offered refunds to those who had signed up.

Ride the Rogue is a fundraiser to continue work on the Rogue River Greenway, a proposed 30-mile paved path from Grants Pass to Central Point. Several segments already exist, including around the town of Rogue River and Valley of the Rogue State Park.

Supporters hope the Rogue River Greenway will someday connect with the completed Bear Creek Greenway, which stretches from Central Point to Ashland. Once finished, the two connected greenways would create a route from Ashland to Grants Pass for cyclists, joggers, walkers and horseback riders.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.