By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 27, 2016 at 11:45 AM

This year, the process to apply for a coveted spot in the Riverwest 24 will change. The RW24 is a 24-hour bike race that takes place every summer, this year it’s on July 29-30, and people come to ride individually or on teams from all over the country.

However, everyone must sign up in person on May 1 at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E. Locust St.

The event is limited to about 1,000 riders (500 of which are volunteers and automatically have a spot) and because it has gotten so popular in past years, people started showing up days – yes, days – in advance to camp out and get in line for a spot.

According to co-organizer Steve Whitlow, he and other volunteers will hand out about 2,000 "raffle" tickets for the 500 remaining open spots from 10 a.m. to noon at the Public House.

"We’ll start pulling winners around 12:30 p.m.," says Whitlow.

The winners will then get in line for the registration process, and are guaranteed a spot in the race.

"We want to make the registration process more equitable," says Whitlow. "Not everyone can take three days off to day drink and stand in line."

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.