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San Diego cycling event to benefit Haiti relief efforts

January 20, 2010 |  8:22 am

An 80-mile cycling event to benefit Haiti earthquake relief efforts will be held in southeastern San Diego County on Saturday, Feb. 6.

The "80 for Haiti" charity ride will begin and end at Pine Valley County Park, about 45 miles east of San Diego. The course will take participants along Old Highway 80, a quiet, traffic-signal-free route on rolling terrain.

Event organizer AdventureCORPS will donate all entry fees received to Mercy Corps, which will use the proceeds for their Haiti relief efforts. A Mercy Corps earthquake response team is in Port-au-Prince responding to urgent needs.

Those interested in riding must pre-register for the event by Jan. 31. However, monetary donations will be gladly accepted after this date.

The entry fee is $80; you can choose to donate a higher amount when registering. Entry fee includes three food and drink checkpoints along the route, roving support, and, hopefully, a finish line meal.

Riders must plan on checking in at the park between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Walk-up registrations will not be allowed. Groups of 50 cyclists will depart in 10-minute intervals beginning at 8 a.m.

For more information on what to bring, where to stay, etc., visit the AdventureCORPS "80 for Haiti" webpage.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Mission Viejo cyclists are silhouetted by the setting sun. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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