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Bike ride to take place Memorial Day weekend

Bikers and runners will hit checkpoints at local landmarks

White Pelican Canoe, Kayak and Bike Rental is hosting a free exercise event over Memorial Day weekend that will highlight local art and history in Oregon.

Participants in the Oregon Alley Cat will be biking or running throughout Oregon where they’ll have to take selfies at each checkpoint. The first 10 participants to complete the challenge will receive a $10 gift card to the Oregon restaurant of their choice.

Dominic Cozzi is the chief organizer of the event and hopes it will help give people a safe and healthy way to spend the weekend during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve had a couple different ideas for bike routes that go in town,” Cozzi said. “Now we’re taking this opportunity to do it while people can’t come together. It’s super important that people get outdoors.”

Cozzi asks that people be cautious and respect social distancing guidelines. There is no assigned course. Participants must just reach each checkpoint and share it with Oregon Alley Cat organizers over Facebook Messenger or on the event page.

“You’ll be full of endorphins, looking good and helping local businesses thrive during this socially isolating time,” Cozzi said.

Checkpoints include the Riverside Cemetery Gravestone of Oregon pioneer John Phelps, the Park West Solar Reef statue by Andrew Langoussis, the Mix Park Statue Paths of Conviction by Jeff Adams, the Oregon Train Depot on Collins Street and the Park East Statue From the Rivers Come My Bounty by Ray Kobald.

“The hope is that people come in and see the special little corners of Oregon,” Cozzi said.

Event organizers suggest starting and ending at Conover Square Mall where there’s plenty of parking and views and photo opportunities of the Rock River dam.

A recommended nine-mile route connecting the checkpoints has been built.