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Akron

Experience the Moffitt Memorial Ride

Registration for the 2022 seven-day, six-night Ohio to Erie Trail bicycle ride is FULL.
If you wish to be notified if a spot opens up, please go to the Registration Link and look for the button on the upper right that says “Add me to Waitlist”.

Register HERE.

The ride will take place September 10-16, 2022.

The annual Ohio to Erie Trail adventure ride is named the “Moffitt Memorial Ride” in memory of our former Board of Directors President Tom Moffitt (Dr. Thomas Lawson Moffitt, III). Tom passionately served as Board President for over 16 years and worked tirelessly to fulfill Ed Honton’s vision of a multi-purpose cross state trail/greenway. Tom’s leadership and enthusiasm in working with local agencies and trail organizations to complete the Ohio to Erie Trail will forever be appreciated by present and future generations of trail users. Tom was a devoted educator in the greater Cincinnati area for over 45 years and as many of you may know an avid cyclist. He completed several cross county rides and rode the entire length of the Ohio to Erie Trail a number of times before his departure in 2017. Tom will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Tour Capacity:
50 riders
Daily Mileage:
Ranges between 30 to 70, beginner to intermediate level. Shorter days allow for a more leisurely ride, additional miles on other trails, or site-seeing along the way.
Terrain:
Trail surfaces are fine for road bikes, hybrids and mountain bikes. While 90% of the trail is essentially flat, there are some hills along the way but none that are too long to just enjoy walking.
Overnight Lodging:
Riders stay at hotels at special rates.
SAG (Support and Gear):
Fully supported with a luggage/bike vehicle, mechanic and OTET staff. Participants only need to carry what they will need for the day. Support stops are about every 15 miles with water and snacks.
Pricing:
The cost is variable, depending on the date of registration: ranging from $795 until February 28
$895 starting March 1

Register HERE

A unique aspect of this ride is that much of the costs are considered to be tax-deductible DONATIONS. After the ride, the cost to produce the ride per individual is then subtracted from the amount each participant donated. Riders receive a letter stating how much of their payment was applied without services or goods given in return. For example, riders in 2018 ended up donating about 2/3 of their ride cost.

Food and lodging are paid for by participants.

Weather:
September in Ohio is typically dry with temps ranging from morning lows of 45-55° to afternoons of 70-80°.
Itinerary:
Day 1 (67 miles):
Start in downtown Cincinnati at Smale Park on the Ohio River.
Destination: Xenia, Hampton Inn
Day 2: (59 miles)
Destination: Downtown Columbus, Drury Inn & Suites
Day 3: (51 miles)
Destination: Mt. Vernon, the Grand Hotel
Day 4: (41 miles)
Destination: Amish Country to historic Millersburg, Comfort Inn
Day 5: (38 miles)
Destination: Massillon, Hampton Inn
Day 6: (30 miles)
Destination: Downtown Akron Marriott Courtyard
This leisurely day allows for stops along the Canal Path including our trail partner bike shop, Ernie’s.
Optional: Venture into the Cuyahoga National Park and ride the scenic train back to Akron.
Day 7: (40 miles)
Destination: Lake Erie, Cleveland
Riders travel through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the ONLY National Park in Ohio. There is time to visit museum centers, memorials, and shops.

There is a fee for transportation back to Columbus or Cincinnati after the ride that will be collected a few weeks before the ride. This is for the rider, bike, and luggage. You can opt to arrange for your own transportation to Cincinnati before the ride (and leave your car in Cleveland).   The fee in 2022 is $130 per person.

Cancellation Fees:

Rider cancellation fee: $150 until April 30, $350 until July 31.

For cancellations after August 1, all fees will be considered a donation to Ohio to Erie Fund 501(c)(3).

If ride is cancelled by organizer (in the event of continued challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic), a $25 fee per rider will be reserved to cover administration costs due to our registration system.

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