The Moonlight Loop is an evening bicycle ride of approximately 19 miles around scenic Columbus, Indiana, to benefit Columbus Animal Care Services (CACS). The ride will take place on Saturday, August 4, 2018 Modeled after the Indy N.I.T.E. ride in Indianapolis, Indiana, the ride will make a loop around the City of Columbus, passing several architectural gems along the way. 2018 marks the 5th year for this ride. In the three years of the ride s existence, the event has netted over $46,000 for Animal Care Services.
Who organizes the ride, who benefits, and why?
The Moonlight Loop is a fundraiser for Columbus Animal Care Services (CACS), which is a department of the City of Columbus. We are located at 2730 Arnold Street. The agency provides shelter services as well as field services for the community. All Moonlight Loop funds generated through this event are used to support the agency s Adoption Medical Fund which covers spaying and neutering costs, pet care services, veterinarian treatment for pets housed at the facility, medical requirements for transports, and pet food as well as promotion of adoptions and educational programs.
Unlike many bicycle rides, there is only one route on this ride and all cyclists will travel together as a group. The ride begins and ends in front of the Bartholomew County Public Library/Visitor s Center plaza, with a starting time of 9 p.m. Please note this is NOT a rolling start as is the case with many organized rides. Riders need to be lined up and ready to go by 9 p.m. Please listen to announcements, have your bike and gear ready to go, and plan pre-ride bathroom breaks accordingly so you are not left behind!
Light Up Your Bike, Light Up The Night Contest
To assist us with being seen , and to simply have fun, prizes will be offered for the most well-lit bicycle (and rider). Feel free to go crazy with your lights on your bikes just remember not to blind yourself with your glow! Contest will be held at 8:30pm, prior to ride start.
The Moonlight Loop will be held in Columbus, Indiana, which is approximately an hour drive south of Indianapolis and 90 minutes north of Louisville, Kentucky off of I 65. The ride will start and end in downtown Columbus, at 536 Fifth Street, which is directly adjacent to the Columbus Visitor s Center.
Known as the Athens of the Prairie for its modern architecture, out of town riders are encouraged to spend the weekend and enjoy the local architectural tours! (Reservations are recommended).
Packet pick up will begin at 7pm event day.
First-Aid will be available at the SAG station at the mid-way point and roving radio equipped SAG wagons will also be patrolling the routes for riders with biking issues. Our emergency personnel EMT s will be on-alert for any emergencies and will be placed within minutes of the route.
Date: August 4, 2018
Distances: ~19 miles
City, State: Columbus, Indiana
Start Location: 536 Fifth St
Start Time: 9:00 PM
Online Information: http://www.columbus.in.gov/animal-care-services