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Sports legend Bo Jackson will be returning to the Plains joined by over 700 cyclists on Saturday, May 2, 2015 for the 4th annual Bo Bikes Bama charity ride.

It all started from when Bo Jackson biked across Alabama in April 2012 to raise money and awareness for the victims in the state that were left devastated from the tornadoes the previous year. After that, it became an annual tradition where hundreds of others join Bo to ride for the future of Alabama. All of the proceeds go to the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund in memory of the lives lost during the April 27, 2011 storms.

The annual bike campaign has already raised $1 million and helped fund 57 community shelters. There are riders from 28 states, and since the beginning, the event has covered over 38,000 miles. Pre-registration tickets can be purchased through the website for a cheaper price, and on-site registration will be available as well.

Participants range from all experience levels. They can choose either a 63-mile or 20-mile route. Each of them will take the riders throughout Auburn University’s campus, but the 63-mile route will take riders through Tuskegee and Macon County as well. Both rides start and end at the Auburn Arena, 250 Beard Eaves Court, Auburn AL 36849. The 63-mile ride starts at 8 a.m., and the 20-mile route begins at 10:30 a.m.

The event will take place rain or shine, and participants must provide all equipment with helmets required. All riders will receive a Bo Bikes Bama t-shirt, jersey number, wristband, light snacks and water, a meal at the end of the ride and mechanical support for simple repairs.

Along with Bo Bikes Bama, Jackson will also host a silent auction the Friday night before at 6:30 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University 241 S. College St. There will be hors d’ oeuvres, beer and wine. The silent auction will feature signed memorabilia from athletes and entertainers. Tickets, donations and purchases are tax deductible and will help prepare for future natural disasters in Alabama.

Whether you’re a novice cyclist or experienced rider, anyone can come join Bo Jackson as he returns to his second home and supports those who are in need.

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