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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Early Registration Open For 18th Annual Sea Gull Century

SALISBURY, MD---Registration is underway for Salisbury University’s 18th annual Sea Gull Century on Saturday, October 7.

The Century brings some 6,000 cyclists each year to Delmarva, where they enjoy the Shore’s scenery, get plenty of exercise and boost the economy during the largest single-day tourism event in Wicomico County.

A 100-mile or 100-kilometer (63 miles) ride, the Sea Gull Century is a “Best Bicycling in America” event that has been named among the top 10 century rides in the nation by Bicycling magazine. SU’s Perdue School of Business has estimated the event’s annual economic impact on the Lower Eastern Shore at $2.5 million.

The Ride Magazine calls the century “one of the prettiest big rides in America.” The Washington Post names it “by far the most popular local century” in the Maryland-Delaware-Virginia region.

This year’s Century, starting and ending at SU, offers two routes: the Century (100 miles), known for its scenic halfway point at Assateague Island, and the Metric (63 miles). These rides follow the same basic routes and rest stops offered in years past.

Proceeds from the ride support many organizations and programs both on campus and in the community. Donations to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity have exceeded $100,000 as a result of Century contributions. Hundreds of area school children wear bicycle helmets donated by the ride.

Early registration is $55 before August 30. Registration includes maps, SAG support, refreshments at all rest stops, a Friday night welcome reception and the traditional long-sleeve rider T-shirt. For more information call 410-548-2772 or register online at www.seagullcentury.org.


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