Hike or Mountain Bike and Play Poker for Riverside State Park

Saturday, September 23 is the launch of a new fundraiser event for the Riverside State Park Foundation, with all proceeds going toward park projects and enhancements. This event features your choice of a mountain bike course or run/hike course. Each course features stations with a bean bag toss to earn a poker card at each of those five stations. Participants can win prizes for best hand and worst hand (rules will be posted onsite at check-in).

Event start times are self-selected, so you can start anytime between 9 a.m. to noon. Participants must finish by 2 p.m., when stations and courses close. The event is all about enjoying the trails and giving back to a park that is such a treasure to the community, so it isn’t timed. Each participant will take home a custom pint glass.

Course options include a 5k for hikers, walkers, and runners, and a 10k for mountain bikers. All courses are non-technical and fairly flat and are suitable for younger children with hiking or biking experience. Children are not eligible for poker run prizes but get to participate in the bean bag toss at each station.

Since 2002, the Riverside State Park Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit, has raised over $400,000 to support the park. This fundraising event starts and finishes at the 7-Mile Airstrip. The event is scheduled on a Free State Park Day, so no Discover Pass is required. Learn more and sign up at Riversidestateparkfoundation.org.

(Jon Jonckers)

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