GROTON -- Join families from all around the area for Groton's first annual Ride for Free Wellness Rail Trail Ride on May 31, and help raise money for those in need who are unable to pay for much-needed private health care.

Groton Wellness and the Groton Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3), have teamed up to create the Free Wellness Project, a program that gives back to the community and provides free wellness consultation and treatment to those who otherwise would not receive health-care services.

Walkers and riders from all around the area will take to their bikes, scooters, roller blades and horses for this family fun ride on the Nashua River Rail Trail to raise money for the Free Wellness Project.

Departing from the Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School, riders will travel along Groton's bucolic Champney, Hollis and Common streets until reaching the Common Street entrance to the rail trail. Participants will then ride north toward New Hampshire for any amount of time as long as they return to check out by 4 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to ask as many friends, family members and co-workers to sponsor their rides as possible. Groups are encouraged to put together ride teams and compete to see who can raise the most money.

When checking in on Ride day, participants turn in their donations and receive a Ride for Free Wellness T-shirt. Participants then enjoy a fun and healthy family outing while knowing that they are doing something that will make a tremendous difference in someone's life.

For information and to register, visit grotonwellness.com/ride-free-wellness.