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Sweating and munching for a good cause | Kitsap Week

Cyclists take a break at last year’s LifeCycle, the predecessor to this year’s Pizza Pedal & Run that will take place on Sept. 7.  - Photo courtesy of Pizza Pedal & Run
Cyclists take a break at last year’s LifeCycle, the predecessor to this year’s Pizza Pedal & Run that will take place on Sept. 7.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Pizza Pedal & Run

Kitsap will put the cleat to the pedal and the rubber to the road this September for a good cause … and pizza.

The Bremerton Schools Foundation will hold its first Pizza Pedal & Run event starting at 7 a.m. Sept. 7.

“This is the first year for the Pizza Pedal & Run. It used to be called the ‘LifeCycle event,’” said Event Coordinator Chloe Mosey. “It’s a new direction. We asked what cyclists like, and pizza was a common denominator.”

“Because it’s new, it brings a sense of excitement,” she added

Runners and walkers will begin and end at Olympic College in Bremerton and will cross over the Warren and Manette bridges.

Cyclists will have their pick of routes, ranging from three to 100 miles in length, from Port Orchard to Poulsbo. Port Orchard has two loops for its leg of the journey. Pizza and rest stops at local businesses will be available along the rides.

“We have some bikers that go the full 100, and others that may just do the Port Orchard loops,” Mosey said.

The Pizza Pedal & Run is hosted by the Bremerton Schools Foundation. Proceeds will be aimed at high school scholarships and teacher grants.

“It’s going to a good cause,” Mosey noted. “It’s helping kids get an education by supporting students and teachers.”

It is not known how many participants will ultimately walk, run or roll this year, though Poulsbo’s City Council members were briefed on the event — as planned for their neck of the woods — at their Wednesday meeting. The council was told to expect up to 80 cyclists to come through town between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Cyclists will enter Poulsbo on Front Street, cross over onto 4th Avenue to Iverson Street, then north on 7th Avenue to Liberty Road which will take cyclists across Highway 305 to 10th Avenue that will lead to Stella’s.

Bikers are expected to used the same route to exit the city.

But Poulsbo is only one leg of the cycling journey. Routes will be marked for the journey throughout the county.

Cyclists will roll to Stella’s Pizza in Poulsbo, Seabeck Pizza in Chico, the gazebo and Pizza Hut in Port Orchard, and Tony’s Pizzeria on Kitsap Way. Olympic College will have pizza provided by Costco at its finish line, as well as music and a beer garden sponsored by Clover Leaf.

Interested stompers and pedalers can find more information at the Pizza Pedal & Run’s Facebook page, or on its website at www.pizzapedal.com.

Participants can register at www.active.com/bremerton-wa/cycling/races/pizza-pedal-and-5k-2013.

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