Night owls, prepare to have a hoot. The Owl Ride, a nighttime cycling event, is Saturday in Omaha.
Though a little more than 1,000 people are signed up for the fourth annual event, ride coordinator Curt Caldwell expects about 2,000 riders this weekend. He said 60 percent of registration comes the week of the event.
The cyclists will pedal through downtown Omaha, beginning and finishing at the Old Mattress Factory near 12th and Cass Streets. It's a move from Lewis and Clark Landing, which typically hosts the race.
Riders can choose from two routes. The eight-mile course winds through downtown and midtown Omaha. The 17-mile route covers Dundee and Aksarben Village, too.
“It's a unique event here in Omaha,” Caldwell said. “It gives people the opportunity to ride on the streets in a safe environment with police support and other volunteers.”
Cyclists are required to wear a helmet, and their bikes must be equipped with a front headlight and rear reflectors. Organizers encourage participants to decorate with more lights than necessary to win prizes in the Bright Bike contest at 9:30 p.m.
Organizers moved the start time to 10 p.m. this year instead of 11 p.m. to encourage families to participate. Though the event is kid-friendly, riders of legal age can purchase a Lucky Bucket beer inside the Old Mattress Factory for $1 after they finish.
Online registration is $30 per adult rider and $10 for those under the age of 18 who are riding with an adult. The last day to sign up online is Friday night. You can register in-person Saturday during packet pick-up at Sports Authority at 885 S. 72nd Street between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or at the Old Mattress Factory beginning at 8 p.m. The fee for adult registration will be $35 and $15 for children. For more information, click here.
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