Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day June 5 At Okeeheelee

The Florida Off-Road Cycling Enthusiasts (FORCE) will introduce families to the thrill of outdoor off-road bike trails on Sunday, June 5. The ride is part of a worldwide celebration known as Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

Come out and enjoy the miles of Florida off-road cycling trails at the Pinehurst Mountain Biking Trail in Okeeheelee Park South with a guided group ride at 10 a.m.

Besides biking being good, healthy fun, the goal of Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is to develop a connection between kids and the natural world around them. Today’s children are tomorrow’s land managers and politicians — future decision-makers for important matters like recreation and access to public lands.

Today’s adults who mountain bike are invited to participate in the Full FORCE time trials at 8 a.m. Cyclists will pedal along the Pinehurst Trail in a course encompassing both natural terrain and man-made challenges.

Riders are required to use appropriate types of equipment, including a sturdy, “fat tire” bicycle and a mandatory helmet; water bottle and sunscreen are recommended. All riders must know how to ride and be comfortable on two wheels to participate. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The day’s events will conclude with a barbecue brunch at 11 a.m. The cost is $40 for FORCE membership and T-shirt. The Pinehurst Mountain Biking Trail is in Okeeheelee Park South. Parking is available at Greenacres Freedom Park (2400 Pinehurst Drive).

The Florida Off-Road Cycling Enthusiasts (FORCE) is a not-for-profit organization which encourages better biking events and experiences, and advocates for the mountain biking trails in Palm Beach and Broward counties. For more info., visit www.forcemtb.org.