TERRE HAUTE —
Later today, people from across the state and region will begin gathering in and around Terre Haute to prepare for Saturday’s famous daylong bicycle trek across Indiana.
Known by the acronym RAIN (Ride Across Indiana), the event annually draws upwards of a thousand cycling enthusiasts. (More than 1,300 are actually expected to ride this year.) They will leave from the campus of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in the early morning hours and head east on U.S. 40 for their eventual destination at Earlham College in Richmond near the Indiana-Ohio border.
For those keeping tally, that’s 160 miles, a hefty ride for anyone under any circumstances, let alone the heat of an already over-heated July. But these folks are of steady stock, and they’ve been training for months.
Most local folks don’t get the chance to see the RAIN spectacle up close and personal, although area hotels and dining establishments have long benefited from the event starting here. The early start — 7 a.m. — means riders are out of the area by the time the majority of folks are up and moving around on a Saturday morning.
But it is quite a sight to see as the riders, escorted by police, enthusiastically charge through the city en route to their destination on the other side of the state.
RAIN is a terrific event and Terre Haute/Vigo County is fortunate to hold the important distinction as its starting line.
If you happen to be out and about Saturday morning and encounter the legions of riders, give them a hearty honk to cheer them on in their journey.
We join the community in welcoming the RAIN riders and wishing them well.
As they say in the history books, “On to Richmond!”
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