‘Healthy Riders’ take a bike tour of Riverhead Town

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | About 130 riders took part in "Healthy Riders, Healthy Riverhead" Sunday.

More than 100 people hopped on their bikes Sunday morning for the fourth annual “Healthy Riders, Healthy Riverhead” bike ride across town — the largest turnout for the event yet.

“Healthy Riders, Healthy Riverhead” began at the downtown riverfront at 9 a.m. and was split into three separate rides: a 5-mile trip around downtown, a 15-mile trail up to Sound Avenue and back, and a 25-mile trek out to Aquebogue.

The event, which drew 130 registrants and another 20 bike marshals to guide the bikers, helped raised funds for the Town of Riverhead Youth Bureau, said bureau director Donna Lyczkowski.

Ms. Lyczkowski credited local vendors, restaurants and businesses like the Long Island Aquarium, Planet Fitness, Splish Splash and CK’s Deli for donating vouchers for participants.

“We’re also helping to support downtown Riverhead,” she said.

The Riverhead police have also been a big help, she said, with officers escorting the riders and ensuring their safety. Ms. Lyczkowski said police chief David Hegermiller, the chairman of the Youth Bureau’s advisory committee, was very involved as well, and rode with his family during the event.

“Without the Riverhead Police Department, this wouldn’t be happening,” she said.