The 17th annual Durant Rotary Magnolia Bike Tour is all set for Saturday morning and will feature a new starting point at Lake Durant.
The tour begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and will include 20 mile, 35 mile and 55 mile loop tours of the rolling prairies of northwest Bryan and southeast Johnston counties.
Rotary Club President Ron Erickson said the starting location was moved to Lake Durant “to avoid high-traffic areas and make it a little safer.” The previous start point was Carl Albert Park.
“Bike rides are very popular fund-raisers. We get people from Kansas and all over Texas. It’s a great way to introduce people to our community,” said Erickson. “We use this event to fund scholarships for Bryan County high school students going to Southeastern, and we also have leadership camps we send them to.”
Rotary Club of Durant is also active in its support of local food banks, Meals on Wheels, an annual dictionary project for third-grade students, and Boys & Girls Club of Durant.
KXII meteorologist Tom Miller is scheduled to ride in the Saturday event. There are 40 riders pre-registered, which means the event could attract between 100 and 150 total riders on the day of the event.
The three separate routes will take bike riders down Highway 78, south to Silo and back east on Mockingbird Lane to Washington, Folsom and Bryan roads. The longer routes will follow highways 78 and 22 northwest to Brown, Nida, Butcher Pen and Milburn.