One hundred cyclists will be the first in history to ride in the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Tri-Cities, Washington!

Bike Tri-Cities, the cycling advocacy group of the Tri-Cities region, has partnered with National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Energy (DOE), to celebrate the NPS Centennial with “Ride the Reactor”. The ride, scheduled for Saturday, October 1, is limited to 100 cyclists. All proceeds from the event will be donated to support operations and projects of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

Ride the Reactor is a 15-mile mountain bike or cycle-cross ride that begins and ends at the B Reactor National Historic Landmark, the world’s first full-scale plutonium production reactor and a focal point of the National Park. The course, following gravel and paved roads, weaves throughout the National Park offering participants views of the nearly pristine shrub-steppe landscape and local wildlife, maybe a glimpse of the herd of Rocky Mountain Elk that roam the area.

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park, comprised of Manhattan Project-related sites in Hanford, Wash., Los Alamos, N.M. and Oak Ridge, Tenn., was officially established in November 2015. The National Park shares the Manhattan Project’s history of incredible scientific engineering ingenuity and great human collaboration. Only a small percentage of our National Parks interpret science and technology, making the Manhattan Project National Historical Park one of our nation’s most unique parks. Along with the B Reactor, the National Park also highlights pre-World War II sites, such as the Bruggeman Warehouse, the White Bluffs Bank and Hanford High School, illustrate life for Hanford residents before the Manhattan Project.

Following the race, riders and guests will enjoy a BBQ and lawn games (sponsored by REI) and tours of the B Reactor. The charitable tax deductible registration fee is $100. Registration details are available online at www.visittri-cities.com/ridethereactor/ for this historic event.

For more information about the Tri-Cities region, visit www.VisitTRI-CITIES.com.