The 31st annual Hot Rocks Bike Ride will be returning to Rockwall on Aug. 12, and has options for riders of all ages.

This year’s ride includes 12-, 24- and 42-mile routes and the main event – a 100k.

Proceeds from the Hot Rocks ride will go directly towards local scholarships for graduating seniors from both Rockwall and Rockwall-Heath high schools. Previous Hot Rocks events have raised over $30,000 for students.

Greg Blair, Hot Rocks Chair, said that this year’s courses were redesigned in 2016 specifically with safety in mind. 

The ride will take place on the same route as last year, with the exception of an additional 2-mile loop through Rockwall Industrial Park early in the 100k.

“The changes were made for purposes of safety, minimizing traffic congestion and enhancing the aesthetic beauty of the ride,” Blair said.

There will be six rest stops stocked with ice water, Gatorade and fresh fruit at stops ranging from 5 to 10 miles apart.

This year, to encourage rest stop experiences, after the event, riders will vote on their favorite rest stop and the top two will receive prizes.

Participants will receive a free t-shirt, lunch and ice cream. Riders entering the 100k event will begin at 7:30 a.m., while riders in the 12-, 24- and 42-mile routes will start at 8:30 a.m.

Rockwall police officers will precede the first group of riders to keep them safe as they travel through intersections.

For more information or to register online, visit www.hotrocksbikeride.com

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