Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-03-03

Samford University's fourth annual Old Howard 100 Bike Ride through the countryside of Perry and Hale counties will be Saturday, April 19.

The bicycle ride will begin at 9 a.m. on the campus of Judson College in Marion, Ala., where Samford was founded as Howard College in 1841.

Routes of 30, 50, 70 and 100 miles take riders through Newbern, Greensboro, the Talladega National Forest, Folsom and the Perry Lakes wetlands region, depending on the length chosen. All routes end back at Judson College.

The routes include five Support and Gear (SAG) stops at sites of historic interest. Last year's ride through Alabama's historic Black Belt brought together more than 200 bicyclists from throughout the southeast.

Proceeds from the ride benefit Sowing Seeds of Hope and the ministry's special assistance to persons with diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease.

On-site registration and package pickup begins at 8 a.m., with the mass start at 9 a.m.

Early registration is $30 by April 11. Late registration is $40. Students may register for $15, and residents of Perry and Hale counties may register for $5. Ride details and online registration are available at For more information call Samford's Howard College of Arts and Sciences at (205) 726-2771 or email Bridget Rose at

Sowing Seeds of Hope, a partnership between Perry County and the Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, seeks to improve the quality of life and work in the area through improved educational opportunities, health care, tourism, transportation and economic development.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.