Cruise the Creek registration deadline Oct. 2

9/22/2014, 2:18 p.m.
The Oct. 4 family bike ride starts at Hickory Creek Barrens in New Lenox.
The deadline to pre-register online for the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s “Cruise the Creek” on Oct. 4 in New Lenox is noon on Oct. 2. Courtesy of the Will County Forest Preserve District

Online pre-registration for the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s “Cruise the Creek” bike ride ends at noon on Thursday, Oct. 2.

The free, family-friendly event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Hickory Creek Barrens, located on Schoolhouse Road, north of Route 30/Lincoln Highway in New Lenox.

To pre-register for “Cruise the Creek,” visit ReconnectWithNature.org.

Pre-registered riders will be able to check in at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event. The first 500 pre-registered riders to check in will receive a free T-shirt. (Pre-registration does not guarantee you a T-shirt, and size choice cannot be guaranteed.) On-site registration will open at noon at the event. On-site registrants will not receive T-shirts.

The relaxing ride takes place on a 6-mile loop trail that winds through scenic woodlands, wetlands and prairie in Hickory Creek Barrens. (A previous 11-mile ride option is unavailable this year due to a bridge and trail improvement project on Hickory Creek Bikeway.)

The event is open to all ages, but the ride is recommended for individual riders of at least 11 years of age. In addition to their own bikes, all riders are urged to wear safety helmets and bring drinking water.

The event also features a festive fall gathering with entertainment, children's activities, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, s'mores and pumpkin painting until 4 p.m.

“Cruise the Creek” will be held rain or shine, unless there is severe weather. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The course for the ride is a paved trail, which includes some sidewalks. The terrain is somewhat hilly. The Forest Preserve will make reasonable modifications to ensure that all people have an equal opportunity to enjoy District offerings. For more information or to request an accommodation, visit ReconnectWithNature.org/ADA.