Annual Camphill cycling event benefits people with special needs

Members of Team Camphill Village Kimberton Hills (L to R) Diana Tomasko, Felicity Jeans, Samuel Kenney, Julianne Busch, Larry Adler and Bill Lewis get ready to ride in last yearís Camphill Challenge. Image provided

Camphill communities in Chester County will host the seventh annual Camphill Challenge cycling event on Sunday, October 20. Non-profit organizations Camphill Special School, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills and Camphill Soltane provide life sharing, educational and vocational opportunities for children, youth, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Now in the seventh year of this event, the Camphill Challenge regularly attracts more than 400 cyclists. Several routes are offered, providing opportunities for riders of all ages and ability levels. The bike ride begins and ends at the Kimberton Waldorf School and offers well-marked 100, 50, 25, and 10-mile courses. A special two-mile Family Fun Ride takes riders to a working farm to visit with the livestock.

Cyclists will wend their ways through the rolling hills of Chester County during peak autumn foliage. Routes take cyclists past horse farms, historic homes, covered bridges and each of the three Camphill communities. Following the ride, cyclists will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch and live music.

Proceeds of the Camphill Challenge benefit the three Camphill communities in Chester County. To register, visit www.camphillchallenge.org. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Courtney Coffman at 610.469.9236 or ccoffman@camphillspecialschool.org. Early bird registration discount ends September 30.

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