Celebrities, cyclists to unite for 4th Annual Bo Bikes Bama - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Celebrities, cyclists to unite for 4th Annual Bo Bikes Bama

(Source: Bo Bikes Bama's official Facebook page) (Source: Bo Bikes Bama's official Facebook page)
AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Two-sport legend Bo Jackson will host his fourth annual Bo Bikes Bama charity ride on Saturday, May 2 in Auburn, Ala. to raise money for the Alabama Governor's Emergency Relief Fund. 

A Silent Auction the evening before the ride will also raise money for the cause.

Jackson started Bo Bikes Bama on the first anniversary of the deadly April 2011 tornadoes. Funds raised through the annual event have helped rebuild hundreds of homes and provide community storm shelters throughout the state.

Each year, stars from the sports and entertainment industry join Jackson for Bo Bikes Bama. Returning again this year are Olympian Picabo Street, former MLB outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr., actor Andre Holland, Paralympian Blake Leeper, and retired NFL fullback Fred McCrary. 

Professional cyclists Tommy Mulkey and Christian Vande Velde will also ride this year in addition to actress Danai Gurira from "The Walking Dead," former NBA point guard Gary Payton, and Jackson's former rival Brian Bosworth. 

Many of the VIPs will attend the Bo Bikes Bama Silent Auction in addition to Heisman winner Cam Newton. Several former Auburn teammates as well as Jay Jacobs, Bruce Pearl, and Gus Malzahn will also participate.

Participants can choose either a 63-mile or 20-mile route. Both routes will take riders through the campus of Auburn University, while the 63-mile route will carry riders through Tuskegee and neighboring Macon County. 

The ride will start and end at the Auburn Arena. The 63-mile ride will start at 8 a.m. and 20-mile at 10:30 a.m. 

Online registration is now closed. Due to an increase in advanced registrations, onsite registration limited to the first 150 riders. Costs are $80 for the 63-mile and $50 for the 20-mile.

The sold out Bo Bikes Bama Silent Auction will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University. Guests will enjoy food and beverages while browsing a silent auction featuring signed memorabilia from athletes and entertainers. 

Memorabilia includes autographed items from athletes such as Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Magic Johnson, Cam Newton, Kevin Durant, Eli Manning, and Macklemore, among many others.

About Bo Bikes Bama

Bo Bikes Bama is a charity bike ride started by sports legend Bo Jackson to honor the lives lost during the April 27, 2011 tornadoes and help the state of Alabama recover and prepare for the future. In the first three years, Bo Bikes Bama has attracted approximately 1,200 cyclists from 28 states and raised nearly $800,000. Bo Bikes Bama initiatives support the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund (GERF), which has repaired hundreds of homes and helped build 57 community storm shelters throughout the state.

For more information about Bo Bikes Bama, visit www.bobikesbama.com   

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