FIDF Rides Again

FIDF Rides Again

Proceeds from the event to benefit soldiers and families of the FIDF wounded soldier program.

Some riders traveled on motorcycles.
Some riders traveled on motorcycles.

More than 130 cyclists rode through the North Georgia mountains Sept. 23 for the first inaugural Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Southeast Bike Ride.

Cyclists chose between two routes: a 36-mile (twice chai) loop or 70 miles in honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary. The riders were equally divided between the two routes, which started and finished at Sosebee Cycling Park in White, Ga.

Cyclists prepare for the ride.

FIDF got the idea to hold the bike ride based on similar ones sponsored by its sister organizations around the country, including Chicago, Cleveland and San Francisco, and in Israel. The five-day FIDF ride in Israel is Oct. 13, taking riders on 50- to 60-mile courses through the Golan Heights, Dead Sea and Jerusalem.

Wearing FIDF Southeast Region shirts, a group of riders pose with a motorcycle.

The original goal of the Georgia ride was to attract 100 people, so organizers were delighted with the turnout, said Seth Baron, executive director of the FIDF, Southeast region. For about 60 percent of the participants, it was their first involvement with the FIDF, Baron said.

Seth Baron, executive director of FIDF, Southeast region, welcomes participants.

Proceeds from the Georgia event will benefit the soldiers and families of the FIDF wounded and fallen soldier program, he said.

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