i-tri Ride & Wine

On October 5, those 21 and older can ride, bike, and sip for a good cause.

The nonprofit i-tri, an award-winning program that empowers adolescents through the completion of a triathlon, is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and with it, comes the return of the Ride & Wine fall fundraiser.

Open to cyclists of all levels, Saturday’s event, in its second year, gives riders the chance to choose from 10, 30, and 60-mile routes on a non-competitive, scenic ride across the South Fork.

“Over the course of the last 10 years, we have worked with nearly 700 middle school girls, from Montauk to Mastic. Many of our girls start out not knowing how to swim or ride a bike. And yet, by the end of our six months together, they all cross the finish line of the BNB Hamptons Youth Triathlon,” said founder and executive director Theresa Roden.

“To watch the determination and bravery of our girls doing something they once thought impossible is what i-tri is all about: helping these young women believe in themselves, find their confidence, feel healthy and strong. I can’t think of any better way to celebrate our 10-year milestone than biking around the Hamptons with our friends and supporters.”

The event concludes with a luncheon and private wine tasting at the Channing family’s sculpture garden next door to Channing Daughters Winery on Scuttle Hole Road in Bridgehampton. All proceeds from the event benefit i-tri.

Non-riders are welcome to attend the post-ride luncheon, which will also feature a special presentation by Roden. Registration for the ride and/or lunch is open to adults 21 and up on-site from 8 to 10 AM, and can also be done online, where course routes can also be viewed, at www.itrigirls.org/rideandwine.

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