Amelia Island, already a beloved destination for cycling enthusiasts, will be welcoming them by the hundreds as the Katie Ride for Life returns for its 10th anniversarial year.

The event kicks off with an opportunity for Early Bird Registration Check-In on Friday night from 3pm – 8pm, followed by the 18, 36, 62, and 100 Mile rides on Saturday morning. The cyclists will be riding in recognition and awareness for organ donation, as the inspiration for this event, Katie Caples, gave the gift of life to 5 organ recipients in 1998.

Taken straight from the Katie Ride for Life website: “The Katie Ride was created in 2005 to raise awareness about organ donation and support the Foundation’s education program. The ride provided an opportunity to create media attention and communicate the impact Katie had as an organ donor. The community embraced the ride and the rest is history.

The fully-supported ride caters to cyclists of all abilities and includes a fun-ride, 18 miles, 36 miles, 62 miles, 100 miles and an off-road option. In 2009, a 5K and 10K walk were added as another option for participants to support the cause. All funds raised through the annual event support the Foundation’s organ donor education program.”

The user-friendly site also lists some little-known facts about organ donation in its About Us: Impact of Organ Donation section – for instance, “90% of Americans support organ donation…ONLY 43% are currently registered.”

The Mayo Clinic put together this fun video featuring some cyclists from a previous Ride:

The Residence Inn Amelia Island is taking reservations for that weekend and can help you at 1-866-245-6099 with any questions about staying with us! We will of course be offering full hot complimentary breakfasts and our complimentary shuttle will be available that weekend as well and can be used to go all over the island (and pick you up) from 9am – 9pm.

New RI Logo with Amelia Island Treasure

Interested in learning more about becoming an organ donor? Check out one of the Katie Caples Foundation’s partners at DonateLifeFlorida.org!