The Huntington Towpath Century Ride, June 10-11, 2017, is a fully-supported 101-mile bicycle ride on the historic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail that celebrates the trail and promotes development of the regional trail system. Now in its eighth year, the Century Ride raises more than $140,000 annually for continued development of the Towpath Trail, connector trails, and community resources throughout the National Heritage Area.
Jeff Herold, senior vice president/relationship strategist for PNC Bank and long-time board member of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, participated in the very first Towpath Century Ride. Jeff shares why he continues to return to the fundraising event in a Q&A below.
Can you tell us a bit about your history with the Century Ride?
Being involved on the Board of Directors, I was aware of the decision around a potential Century Ride event that would take place on the trail. There was a decision to start small and learn from the experience, starting with an original “Towpath Twelve.” I knew I had to be a part of the experience. There were several areas of the trail that I had not visited before and this seemed like a terrific opportunity to see the entire project. My wife Jen and I have been trying to participate each year and we enjoy riding the two day event.
What is your favorite part of the Century Ride?
Without a doubt riding the trail with my wife Jen and all the great friends we have come to know through the Century Ride experience. Jen mentioned her favorite part of the ride was crossing the finish line and getting ice cream at the Blue Heron Deli. 🙂
What is your most memorable Century ride experience?
It seems the most memorable moments are all weather related – pouring down rain, sleet, hail, and the most memorable being biking through the flooded trail several years back around Clinton. We had fish swimming across the trail.
Why do you continue to return to the Century Ride?
We love being outside and the trail is an incredible asset to the communities around us. I cannot think of a better way to support it than to use the asset itself – the trail – to raise money to help support the mission of further development along the canal.
What advice do you have for a first-time rider?
Try to get some practice miles in before the ride to get certain areas of your body in riding shape – particularly your ‘rear end’.
Are you interested in supporting Team Herold or one of our more than 120 riders? Visit the Century Ride participants page to see a full list of riders and donate today.