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UPAF Ride for the Arts registration open


Registration for the UPAF Ride for the Arts is now open. The 33rd annual Ride, which benefits the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), will take place June 2. You can register here.

The UPAF Ride for the Arts is among the nation's largest one-day recreational bike rides. Again this year, three routes (25-, 50-, 75-mile) will cross the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge, providing riders with a unique view of Milwaukee and Lake Michigan.

Early Bird registration for the ride runs until April 7, and fees are $40 for adults, $30 for youth (12 and under) and $100 for a family. A family includes two adult and two youth registrations or one adult and three youth registrations.

The various routes travel past several Milwaukee landmarks and continue along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan through numerous Milwaukee-area communities and parks.

The ride offers 5-, 12-, 25-, 50- and 75-mile bike routes. The 5-mile route will again head through Lakeshore State Park, the first and only urban state park in Wisconsin. The start and finish line for the event is the South Gate of the Summerfest Grounds at the intersection of Polk Street and Harbor Drive.

After the ride participants can enjoy the Finish Line Party and UPAF Campaign Finale at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage on the Summerfest Grounds. The party is free with live entertainment provided by Milwaukee-based bands and UPAF Member Groups.

The UPAF Ride for the Arts is the annual signature fundraising event for the United Performing Arts Fund. Since the Ride's inception in 1981, more than 268,000 riding participants, thousands of volunteers and hundreds of sponsors have helped raise nearly $8 million to ensure high-quality performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin.

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