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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SU Hosts Sea Gull Century Saturday, September 27

CyclistSALISBURY, MD---On Saturday, September 27, more than 6,000 cyclists are expected to participate in Salisbury University’s 26th Sea Gull Century bike ride across the Lower Eastern Shore.

The traditional 100-mile Assateague century offers a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and a glimpse of the wild ponies, while the 100-mile Snow Hill century takes cyclists through a quaint Worcester County town, with galleries and beautiful homes. A 65-mile Princess Anne metric route winds through Somerset County.

This year’s rest stops include Washington High School, Nassawango Golf Course, Cypress and Byrd parks, and the Powellville VFW, where riders enjoy pie à la mode before their final leg.

Cyclists with Sammy Sea Gull A show-and-go start is 7-9 a.m. Saturday; riders should go straight on Bateman Street to South Division Street. Participants finish by 6 p.m. on Perdue Hall Lawn. A lawn party with music is 12:30-5:30 p.m. in that area. On Friday, riders may enjoy a free welcome reception 5-8 p.m. on the lawn, featuring cycling vendors, local artists, Fat Tire beer sampling and more.

A painting by Caroline County artist Lisa Martin won the 2014 Sea Gull Century Art Contest. The work features a cyclist’s silhouette and a seagull, backed by marshy Eastern Shore scenery and a colorful evening sky. It is showcased on T-shirts and other merchandise available during the ride weekend or at www.seagullcenturystore.com.

CyclistsThe Sea Gull Century is now among the oldest rides of its kind on the East Coast, said coordinator Amy Waters. The flat terrain is attracting cycling enthusiasts from as far away as Texas, California and Hawaii.  They range in age from 8 to 84.

The ride has been called a “Best Bicycling in America” event and also was named among the top 10 century rides in the nation by Bicycling magazine.

The Ride Magazine called it “one of the prettiest big rides in America.” Not only is it Wicomico County’s largest one-day tourism event, but the Perdue School of Business has estimated its annual economic impact on the Lower Shore at $2.5 million.

All proceeds from the ride support programs on campus and in the community, including student scholarships and faculty grants, Wicomico County’s Habitat for Humanity and other local nonprofits and civic groups.

Registration is $90.  Online registration ends 5 p.m. Monday, September 22.  Onsite registration is 3-8 p.m. Friday, September 26.  For more information call 410-548-2772 or visit www.seagullcentury.org.  


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