SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE
For the first time ever, the National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Memorial Bike Ride, also known as the Muddy Angels, will hold a west coast cycling event that will start in Reno on Monday, Sept. 23, and will conclude in Sacramento on Thursday, Sept. 26.
The bike ride, which will feature cyclists from across the county, will hold a pre-race ceremony at REMSA (Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority), at 450 Edison Way in Reno, at 8:30 a.m. a.m. on Monday prior to the racers starting their 265-mile journey.
The bike ride was created to honor EMS personnel by organizing and implementing long distance cycling events that memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who serve everyday, those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties and those who have died in the line of duty. The bike ride has been in existence since 2000.
Prior to creating the west coast event, the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride has only gone as far west as Colorado.
“The vision of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride is to see recognition of EMS as a profession, a reduction in debilitating injuries and line of duty deaths in EMS and a national EMS accountability system,” said Beth Davis, vice president of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride . “It is our hope that these events will focus attention on the accomplishments of all EMS personnel, and educate the community at large about the need for improved safety standards, injury prevention, disability tracking and death benefits for EMS personnel and their families.”
Registration for the ride is $75 for a day, or $250 for the entire four days. Those who wish to participate and go on the trip but not cycle can register as a “wingman” for $15 per day, or $50 for the entire four-day trip.
Route details include:
- Monday. Sept. 23: Reno to Stateline (South Lake Tahoe) – 60 miles
- Tuesday, Sept. 24: Ride around Lake Tahoe – 75 miles
- Wednesday, Sept. 25: Stateline to Placerville, Calif. – 68 miles
- Thursday, Sept. 26: Placerville to Sacramento – 58 miles
An ending ceremony will take place immediately following the end of the ride in Sacramento.
For more information and to register for the ride, visit www.muddyangels.com.