How the Ride Came To Life

David W. Willkie along with The Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation, Rush County Heritage Inc., Rush County Community Foundation, and the Rush County Chamber of Commerce announce the “Willkie Days Covered Bridge Bicycle Ride” also known as the “5 in 50” will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018, as an added part of the annual Rush County Chamber of Commerce Willkie Days celebration.

This inaugural cycling event starts in Rushville and includes 12-mile, 24-mile, and 50-mile routes. The 50-mile route will take bicycle riders through five historic covered bridges and five additional Rush County towns (Arlington, Homer, Gowdy, Moscow, and Milroy).

The ride is planned to start at the beginning of the Willkie Days Parade. Rest, support and gear (SAG) stops will be located in each town on the 50-mile route as well as at each covered bridge.

The event is designed as a tourism opportunity to promote local businesses while encouraging active living and physical fitness in Rush County. The ride will showcase the beauty of Rush County and its historic covered bridges.

Following the ride, participants and guests are invited to attend the “Live at the Levee” free concert at the Rushville Amphitheater featuring John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.

Community members are invited to cheer on riders throughout the course, and riders will have the opportunity to vote on the town that demonstrates the best of Rush County hospitality after the ride.

Proceeds from the ride will be shared among the following organizations:

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The “FIVE in 50” is the brainchild of David Willkie, who is organizing the inaugural event as a way to honor his mother,  Virginia, who died last year and was an avid Rush County bicyclist. The grandson of Wendell Willkie, David is the principle of Willkie Ventures, a specialty finance company based in Rushville. He is a former staff member for U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar. David is an endurance athlete and bicyclist.

Beneficiaries of the Ride