Register now for 'Rock the Ride' through Joliet, Crest Hill

4/29/2014, 12:08 p.m.
The annual bike tour, held by the Will County Forest Preserve District, is set for May 10 at the Lower ...
The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s “Ride the Rock” will return for its eighth year on May 10. The family-friendly bike ride features a 16-mile loop trail through Joliet, Crest Hill and Rockdale.

The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s eighth annual “Ride the Rock” bike tour will return for the 8th year on Saturday, May 10.

The free, family-oriented 16-mile group bike ride will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning at the Lower Rock Run Preserve – I&M Canal Access, which is located on Hollywood Road (Houbolt Road), south of Interstate 80, in Joliet. “Ride the Rock” is presented by Walmart, the event’s title sponsor for 2014.

The ride’s route includes portions of the Rock Run Trail, Joliet Junction Trail and I&M Canal State Trail. Participants will ride on asphalt surface, street routes and crushed limestone. All riders must set out on the route by 11 a.m.

The festival portion of the event will take place at I&M Canal Access. It will feature the Division BMX Stunt Team, a climbing wall, face painting, kids’ activities, a petting zoo, bike safety checks, music and food until 2 p.m.

Pre-registration, which is recommended, ends at noon on Thursday, May 8. To pre-register, visit ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-727-8700. Pre-registered participants will check in from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the day of the event. Free event T-shirts will go to the first 1,000 pre-registered guests to check in. (Shirt size choice is not guaranteed.) Same-day registration will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. On-site registrants will not receive T-shirts.

The event is open to all ages, but is recommended for individual riders of at least 11 years of age. Participants are encouraged to wear safety helmets and to bring drinking water. Four rest stops will offer restrooms and refreshments along the route. The degree of difficulty for the bike ride is easy to moderate.