Eliminating childhood hunger is the focus of the third annual Feed Our Future Century Ride on Sunday, April 9.

The ride begins at 5 a.m. at Ristorante Pappagallo in West Bay. All registration and sponsorship proceeds will benefit Feed Our Future’s school meals program.

Registered cyclists may check in between 4 a.m. and 4:50 a.m. at Pappagallo to cycle 100 miles around the island. A ride briefing will take place at 4:50 a.m. Teams of five riders are invited to compete to complete the route of 20 miles, and teams of two will compete for the 50-mile mark. Prizes will be awarded thanks to sponsors.

Water and rest stops will be located at key points throughout the route: South Sound boat ramp, the Frank Sound junction, the East End Public Beach (rest rooms), Chisholm Supermarket in North Side and Rum Point (rest rooms).

Registration fee of $75 includes a 2017 Feed Our Future cycling jersey, pasta salad lunch courtesy of Pappagallo, and refreshments throughout the event. For $25, individuals may enjoy lunch and refreshments and participate in the century ride.

Participants can register online at caymanactive.com before 6 p.m. on Friday, April 7.

Cycling jerseys and food tickets will be available for collection opposite Bay Market in Camana Bay on Saturday, April 8, between 9 a.m. and noon.

“Our partnership with the Cayman Islands Cycling Association has fed over 1,500 students in need in past years,” said Stacey VanDevelde, chairwoman of Feed Our Future. “Our progress … is only possible through the generosity of our community partners, sponsors and supporters, who are all are integral to the ongoing success of this event.”

Craig Merren, president of the Cayman Islands Cycling Association, said the CICA aims “to develop this event into the largest and most successful cycling event on island. We take our role of providing nutritional support to the children of the Cayman Islands very seriously and encourage riders and spectators to come out and show their support. We donated a total of $14,000 over the past two years to support this extremely important and worthy cause.”

The Cayman Islands Cycling Association, formed in September 1982, promotes the sport of cycling through social and competitive cycling events, including among Cayman’s youth through encouragement and coaching.

Feed Our Future’s mission is to provide holistic nourishment to children in need in the Cayman Islands.

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