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Operation Red Sleigh, Inc. prepares for its 23rd annual cycling event in July

ASHEBORO — Operation Red Sleigh, Inc. will hold its 23rd annual char-ity cycling event — called The “Sleigh Ride” — on Saturday, July 15.   


This event is known as a safe cycling event with the assistance of North Carolina State Troopers, local law enforcement, fire departments, emergency services and a multitude of volunteers. 


Intersections are swept to remove debris that may be a hazard for the rider. Area bike shops are on hand to assist a rider, if needed. A rider would only need to stop if they wanted to at one of the rest stops along the route.  


The Sleigh Ride has been the organization’s primary fund raiser. Last year was a virtual event but this year the event will be held at Southwestern Randolph High School at 1641 Hopewell Friends Road., Asheboro. 


Riders have a choice of three challenging routes:

- 20 miles

- 39 miles

- 55 miles

Routes are available to preview at www.operationredsleigh.com. Much of the same routes that have been used in the past are still included through the Uwharrie National Forest.


Participants will receive an annual t-shirt.


Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the event. A staggered start will begin at 8 a.m.  The registration fee is $25; students under 12 riding with an adult on routes can join the ride for free. Registration in advance can be done via mail or online at www.operationred-sleigh.com.


Operation Red Sleigh is a non-profit organization that began in 2000. Local law enforcement, including NC Highway Patrol, started the organization to assist families in Randolph County who were in need. 


The organization is given names of children in need by both school systems’ counselors and social workers. 


The organization then helps Santa shop for those children in Randolph County who will not have a Christmas. Money is raised throughout the year and normally a hot meal is provided for hundreds of children and their families on the day the presents are distributed.