Mayors Cycle to Help Raise Awareness for Utahns in Need

Public Invited to Join Annual Rivalry Ride

SALT LAKE CITY– Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Provo City Mayor John Curtis will cycle from Provo to Salt Lake City in the Third Annual Rivalry Ride. The event celebrates the annual friendly competition to bolster support for the Utah Food Bank and Community Action Services. The ride kicks-off on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Provo City Center, 351 W. Center St. and ends on the west side of the Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State St. in Salt Lake City.

This year’s edition of the ride marks both the Utes’ rivalry victory and an outpouring of generosity from both cities and their campuses in providing food to food banks last fall.

The 50-mile ride will help  garner support for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, sponsored in part by Feeding America and the U.S. Postal Service.

“With more than 350,000 Utah residents who risk missing one meal every day, and 1 in 10 Utah residents currently living in poverty, the need for food contributions continues to increase,” said Mayor Becker. “We hope this event will help remind our communities how we can all have a positive impact on the lives of our neighbors in need.”

The two mayors encourage the public to donate cans of non-perishable food items at the Provo City Center, the Salt Lake City & County Building or at residential doorsteps for pick up by letter carriers on Saturday, May 14.  The Utah Food Bank and Community Action Services and Food Bank will also continue to accept food donations before and after the Rivalry Ride.

The event formally begins with the mayors’ press conference at 10 a.m. at the Provo City Center. The public is invited to join the ride. Salt Lake cycling participants can meet at the City & County Building at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers will load bicycles onto a transport trailer on the west side of the building.  Carpools to Provo and back will be available.

To learn more about donating to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive visit helpstampouthunger.com. To participate in the Mayors’ Rivalry Ride, visit utahrivalryride.com. Each participant is required to sign a waiver on the day of the ride.

EVENT                   2011 Rivalry Ride

WHO               Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
Provo City Mayor John Curtis
Utah Food Bank Chief Executive Officer Jim Pugh
Community Action Services and Food Bank Executive Director Myla Dutton

WHEN AND WHERE  Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m.
                                                     Starting Line
Provo City Center
                  351 W. Center St., Provo

Saturday, May 7, at 2:30 p.m. (approx.)
Finish Line
Salt Lake City & County Building
451 S. State St., Salt Lake City

CONTACT                   Rachel George, 801-671-8664

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