For the first time ever, bikers will be allowed to ride through Lauritzen Gardens!
Lauritzen Gardens launches its inaugural bike ride, Ride for the Roses, on Sept. 2. The nine-mile, scenic route will begin and travel through Lauritzen Gardens, go out to Omaha’s beautiful riverfront and return back to the garden. The ride promotes health and wellness while enjoying the outdoors.
Riders can enjoy a variety of snacks and beverages along the route at rest stops located at Miller’s Landing and Heartland of America Park and at the finish line at Lauritzen Gardens. SAG Support will be provided by Ferguson’s Bike Shop and Greenstreet Cycles.
The ride will start at 8 a.m. with staggered start windows. A pre-registered rider packet pick-up will take place on Wednesday, August 29 and Saturday, September 1 at all Omaha-area Sports Authority locations. Same-day registration will begin at 6 a.m. Pre-registered riders should arrive by 7:30 a.m. to line up for the ride.
Riders may participate as an individual, family or form a team. Teams may be organized by employers seeking to provide a healthy, fun activity for their staff or by schools, churches or clubs with an interest in Ride for the Roses. Registration is $25 per person, $35 day of the race. Children under 12 are free. Registration may be completed online here.
For more information, visit http://www.ridefortheroses.org.
Looking ahead, if running is more of your speed, you can through the zoo in October.
Lace up your shoes for the 32nd annual Zoo Run on Sunday, Oct. 14. Check in begins at 8 a.m. This fun run is great for runners of all levels with the choice between a 5 mile run or one mile run/walk.
Participants will receive bagels, bananas and free Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium admission on the day of the run. Plus, if registered by Sept. 28, participants will receive a free T-shirt.
Cost is $20 for Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium members and $25 for non-members. Children 2 and younger are free, do not require a registration and will not receive a T-shirt. Reservations are required. To register online, go to the zoo’s events page to download a PDF of the registration form. Registrations made after Oct. 11 or walk-in registrations are available but will not receive an official time and will not be guaranteed a T-shirt.