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09/06/2012

Frank Rizzo Birthday Ride Will Raise Money for Student Veterans Organization

Quick Facts

 This year's ride will cover 81 miles in York County.
 The funds will go toward the Student Veterans of Winthrop University.
 Cost for an adult rider is $35, $10 for Winthrop students.

ROCK HILL, S.C. – What started as an offhand comment to a friend has turned into an annual event that raises money for Winthrop University’s student veterans.

This Saturday, students and the public can participate in Frank Rizzo’s 81st Birthday Ride, a tradition that began in 2006, when Rizzo, a staff member in the Office of Student Activities, told his riding buddy George Davis that he was nearing his 75th birthday.

“I said something to the effect that since I was approaching three-fourths of a century, I want to ride 75 miles,” Rizzo said. “George being George put together a group ride out of my home. It just grew from there, and it did every year since.”

Last year, they turned the ride toward a charitable purpose, with about 40 riders raising approximately $1,200 for the Student Veterans of Winthrop.

The 2012 birthday ride goal is set for 81 miles with ample breaks in between. The charge for adult riders is $35 and $10 for students.

Riders will meet at The Shack at 7 a.m. and will leave then. Visit the ride's website for more information or the university event page.

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