The second annual Bike & Hike for ALS is tomorrow ( August 24) in Little Rock! The event is a chance to enjoy the outdoors but also serves another purpose: to raise awareness about ALS, a rare disease that damages the nerves that control voluntary muscle movement. There are a lot of unknowns about it. No one knows the cause. There is no cure.
Bike & Hike event coordinator Tim Vahsholtz, an avid cyclist whose father Les passed away from ALS, has spearheaded the new fundraiser as a way to raise awareness in Arkansas about ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Proceeds from the race benefit the ALS Association of Arkansas.
As to the route, the starting line is in downtown North Little Rock at the River Trail Station (Fike’s Bikes, the bike rental shop- an inviting spot that hosts great live music too).
From the starting line (start time is 7a.m.), riders bike along the River Trail, over the Big Dam Bridge, over Two Rivers Bridge, through Two Rivers Park to Maumelle Park then to Pinnacle Mountain State Park via Pinnacle Valley Road. Riders then hike Pinnacle and bike back the same route to the start/finish after party.