Join Us ~
Monarch School of New England Charity Bike Ride & Walk
Pre-register by September 8th and get a Tee Shirt!
Registration fee is $35 for 12 years & older – under 12 is free
Children under 18 must bring Release and Waiver of Liability
Where ~ LOCATION HAS CHANGED THIS YEAR TO – Rochester City Hall /Opera House Parking Lot on Wakefield Street, Rochester NH
When? October 8, 2016 –
Time? 9:00 for Bikers – 10:00 for Walkers
Henry McManus, Underwriter ~ www.mcmanusfuels.com
In 2013, Henry decided to ride 100 miles on a bike – a century ride – in support of the Monarch School of New England.
He did this because his wife Diane, has been a teacher at the school for over 40 years. “Special needs students require special people and that’s what Monarch is all about,” he says. “Their philosophy of ‘love is spoken here’ is so true; I wanted to be a part of that.”
In addition to the fact that his wife Diane, is his inspiration.
Henry biked 100 miles over 2 locations. For the first 65 miles, he biked on the track at Star Speedway in Epping. Why? He used to race stockcars when he was younger at Star Speedway in Epping and at Hudson Raceway in Hudson, New Hampshire so it only made sense that he went back to the tract but this time, with his bike.
The remaining miles, about 36 ½, he biked in the Barrington/Rochester area that same day. “It was really hot so after I finished 65 miles at the track, I came back home, got some hydration and then finished the rest around here. It came to about 101 miles in one, hot day.
Henry raised $3,201 on the ride, all of which went to the Monarch School of New England. This, in addition to the $3,886 he also raised for the school through a raffle program in which he provided the financial incentives.
This year, Henry is again planning to do a century ride but it will be over a 3 day period sometime in July.
Why does he do this? “I’ve had a great life,” he says. “And it’s all because of my wife and kids. This is one way for me to give back to a place that deserves it.”