900 bicyclists may pass through your town

Posted at 11:28 AM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 14:48:03-04

You may see close to 900 bicycle riders pass through your hometown, especially if you're near DeWitt.  

Nearly 900 bicyclists will be riding across Michigan on July 28-31, for the 29th annual Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour.

Wish-A-Mile is a three-day, 300-mile bicycle tour beginning in Traverse City and ending at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. 

The second day of the tour, the cyclists will stop at DeWitt High School to rest up and enjoy a fun award show, called WAMmys, to recognize their charity. The WAMmys will be hosted by Make-A-Wish Michigan along with two children who have had their wishes granted by the organization.

This year, it is anticipated that participants will raise $2.2 million for sick children involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The tour includes the three-day, 300-mile journey, a one-day 50-mile journey and a half-mile journey for children. The 50 and half-mile rides will be held at the Michigan International Speedway. 

Between the 300 and 50-mile tours, there is an expected 1,200 participants. 

Many of the riders and volunteers have experienced first-hand the impact of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

“Make-A-Wish Michigan is able to grant wishes to Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions because of the generous support of our Michigan community,” said Make-A-Wish Michigan president & CEO Karen Davis, in a press release. “We are so thankful for the passion and dedication of our WAM riders whose support is vital to helping us bring hope, strength and joy to our wish kids.”

To learn more, visit the Wish-A-Mile website