HARVARD -- The Harvard Firefighters Association will host its 5th Annual Ken Harrod Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday, May 31, in Harvard, presented by the Minuteman Road Club.

Enjoy a wonderful bike ride through the beautiful roads of Harvard and help support a great cause. You can choose to do either the 11-mile route or 19-mile route or even change the route during the ride depending on how you /your family feel.

This will be a great event to do with your family or with cycling friends. The course will jump-start you into cycling for the summer. The last few years there have been a great mix of recreational cyclists and families. There is NO time limit to finish so you can enjoy the ride at the pace you want.

The start of the ride is at the Bromfield School, 14 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard. The finish is at Harvard Center where the Ken Harrod Memorial Bike Festival will be in full swing with a number of bike races passing through and food and refreshments for purchase. This will be a big bike festival and we expect over 500 total participants in the race and ride.

Both rides start at 9:45 a.m. The cost/donation for the event is $25 per person or $65 per family. Free T-shirts will go to the first 100 registrations.

Please join us for a great morning! For information and online registration, please go to http://www.harvardfire.com/bikeride.html.

There will be day-of-event registration, which will close promptly at 9:15 a.m. with an additional $5 registration for the individual, and an additional $15 for a family.

Through your participation in this ride, funds raised will be used to support the following:

* The Harvard Firefighters' Scholarship Fund ($1,000 awarded in 2013).

* The Harvard Firefighters' Equipment Fund ($4,000 on thermal cameras and gear lockers).

* The Student Awareness of Fire Education Program.

* The Harvard Firefighters' Benevolence Fund.

* The Harvard Firefighters' Family Crisis Fund.

* Sponsorship of Harvard Youth Sports.

Below is a link to the Harvard Firefighters web site: http://www.harvardfire.com/