It’s not too early to make plans to be a part of Ride for the Cure in Arkansas in 2011.

This year’s Arkansas Ride for the Cure is scheduled for April 16 and will be held in conjunction with the HMG Health & Fitness Expo at the Convocation Center on the campus of Arkansas State University. The ride will begin and end on the ASU campus.

The event, now in its third year, will consist of well-marked and SAG supported 10-, 20- and 50-mile routes on some of the less-traveled roadways in Northeast Arkansas. Planners expect 200 or so serious cyclists to take part. Not only is it designed to give bikers a chance to do something theybetsy enjoy, but it also helps increase awareness of breast cancer along with the importance of screening mammograms because proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Arkansas and will be used for education, screening and treatment programs for breast cancer.

This year’s honoree will be Betsy Barrett of Jonesboro. She will signal the official start of the race at 9:30 a.m.

Registration for riders will be $35 on or before March 25, with all who pre-register guaranteed t-shirts. From March 26 through April 16, registration will be $45.
Those wishing to order custom ride jerseys may do so for $65 each, with requests to be included on registration forms.

People who cannot attend but want to support the effort can register as “spirit” riders for $20. Sponsors include St. Bernards Healthcare, HMG and Gearhead. Registration for riders can be completed online at