Guest Column: A ‘Smart’ Ride for good

By : Chris Rudisill
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Chris Rudisill-2010

Chris Rudisill

In 2010, I was still relatively new to Florida. My first year in St. Petersburg was spent getting immersed in the LGBT community, enjoying the beautiful sunshine and beginning to find joy in the immense cycling opportunities throughout our area.

In doing so, I heard other riders and new friends talk about this SMART Ride event—a two-day, 165-mile bike ride from Miami to Key West. Having never been to Key West before, my partner and I started to train for the 7th Annual SMART Ride, or Southern-Most AIDS Ride Twenty-ten.

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AIDS Ride hits Legacy Trail April 23

By : AlejandPate
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For the third year in a row, Trinity Charities will invite bicycle enthusiasts of all skill levels to participate in its 12 mile AIDS Ride along Legacy Trail in April. This year's event is Saturday, April 23, with registration beginning at 8 a.m.

The annual benefit raises money for Trinity Charities, which provides a number of services to the area's needy, hungry and HIV communities. Registration will be in the back of the YMCA parking lot at 8301 Potter Park Drive. That's also where the ride will begin.

The Legacy Trail is more than 12 miles long and runs from just south of the City of Sarasota to Venice, following the former CSX railroad corridor. Organizers say the total length of the ride is 25 miles round trip. However, beginners are encouraged to utilize any of the 15 rest areas along the trail and it is not required that the entire 25 miles be completed.

The ride is described as a â┚¬Å”bicycle fun rideâ┚¬Â and is not a race. However it is a fundraiser and participants are encouraged to ask coworkers, friends, family and neighbors for donations. Donations may also be made online.

Those interested in participating in the Saturday, April 23 ride can visit to sign up. For more information, call 941-355-0847.