The Katie Ride is a premier bicycle touring event catering to cyclists of all abilities. The annual fundraiser is held on beautiful Amelia Island ("Top 10 Island in the United States" - Conde Nast Traveler 2012 Readers' Choice Awards) and features routes of 100 miles, 62 miles, 36 miles, 18 miles, fun ride and an off-road ride through Fort Clinch. The event was created in 2005 to raise awareness for organ donation and support the Katie Caples Foundation nationally recognized organ donor education program. The 11th anniversary of the event is Saturday, April 18, 2015. (100 mile cyclists. Please be advised that a 1.5 mile segment of the route at Sister's Creek Bridge is under construction. We are taking every precaution and will have law enforcement and Katie Ride support teams and crews on hand to control traffic and assist with this segment of the route. We take your safety very seriously and will do everything we can to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. For details on the route please see the maps page located here.)
The Katie Walk was introduced in 2009 by popular demand as an alternative to the ride and the Fun Run was added in 2014. Both the Walk and Fun Run are routed through Egans Creek Greenway and courses over uneven trails and paths. For more information on Egans Creek please check out this link. Stay tuned for the "official"l Katie Walk & Fun Run map.
The Family Fun Ride is a great alternative to the longer road routes and is perfect for recreational cyclists and kids. This year we have two Family Fun Routes. Both make their way through Egans Creek Greenway. There is a 1.3 mile route and a 2.4 mile route. Parents please be advised these routes course over uneven paths and may be challenging for small children on tricycles. Please stay tuned for the "official" Family Fun Ride map.
From avid cyclists to those who "pull out the beach cruiser a couple of times each year" - the ride truly caters to everyone. And if cycling isn't your thing you can join the increasingly popular Katie Walk. The Katie Run is a "fun run" and not timed.
More than 125,000 adults and children in the United States are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. On average, 21 people will die each day in the United States due to a lack of available organs for transplant. And while 90% of Americans say they support organ donation, less than 44% are currently registered. Funds raised through this event support the Katie Caples Foundation and its mission to increase the number of registered organ donors to eliminate the wait for individuals on the national transplant list.
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