QUINCY — After a year where the majority of events were canceled due to rain, the 2022 Terry Anastas Ultimate Ride was scheduled to hold the full slate of events on Saturday.
“I think last year the rain made some people decide not to show up, but with the good weather today, no rain, a slight breeze, I hope for a good turnout.” , said Jake Zimmerman. Zimmerman is a board member of Friends of the Trail, the primary organizers and benefactors of the fundraising event.
With the fastest time, this year’s race included a round of Poker Run at five different local bars for runners to collect cards to build the best hand, a mountain bike loop covering the All America Mountain Bike Park and nature trails through various Quincy Parks, a tricycle race for kids, a 7-mile family ride, and a 5K for walkers, runners, strollers, and riders.
The crown jewel of the equestrian event is the Metric Century Ultimate race, which takes riders on the road from Warsaw, Illinois and back, for a total of 62 miles or 100 kilometers.
Bob Daly, another Friends of the Trail board member, said he expected the day to end with around 200-250 riders for all events, with 20 riders taking the Century Ride challenge .
“I was good friends with Terry, and he would love it,” Daly said of the Ultimate Ride namesake.
Anastas was an avid cyclist and a dedicated advocate and volunteer for Friends of the Trail and all nature trail programs developed in the Quincy area. He passed away in 2020 and the Ultimate Ride was named in his memory.
“He loved riding the bike and he loved the trails, he loved that whole scene. He was such a great guy,” Daly said of his late friend.
Zimmerman said the event is a fundraiser for trail programs, but money isn’t the only focus of the day.
“Of course, I’m hopeful that we will meet the goal of raising $22,000 for the future Bill Klingner Trail Extension,” he said. “But I also hope we achieve our other goal, which is to get more people to hit the trails and enjoy the Quincy Park neighborhood.”
After all rides were completed, Ultimate Ride guests were treated to a cooking lunch at the Quincy Dock, as well as games, music, a 50/50 raffle and kids’ activities available, including those sponsored by the Quincy Children’s Museum.
“The weather is beautiful,” Daly said. “We’ve added new events this year, and it’s just great to see people coming for that.”
“Of course, we’re here to raise money to continue working on the trails,” Zimmerman said, “but we’re also here to promote parks in general, specifically riding and getting people to enjoy what Quincy offers cyclists.”
For more information on Les Amis du Sentier, follow the group’s Facebook page or visit friendsdestrails.org.