This year’s tricycle race course will be entirely on Broad Street, all of 500 feet, with the start/finish line in front of Harvest Moon Café.
Riders will be representing a charity of their choice. The entry fee is $25 per person, and all entry fees will then be pooled to create the prize money for the winner’s charity.
Organizer Ann Hortman said a “celebrity” could be a government or school official or anybody else willing to ante up the $25 entry fee and ride for fun.
Riders are responsible for their own tricycles. The Playtona 500 will be run at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30, an hour before the world-class handcyclists hit the downtown course.
To enter, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact information and the charity the rider will be representing. Additional information is available through the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau at 706-295-5576.
The Streets Alive Festival will be 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Northbound lanes of the 200 and 300 blocks of Broad Street will be shut down to motorized traffic until after the handcycling races are complete, around 6:30 or 7 p.m.
The festival is patterned after a Cyclovia street fair that started in Bogotá, Colombia, and has become popular in cities around the globe.
“People can come and play in the street,” said Downtown Development Director Ann Arnold.
Zumba, fencing, cycling, jump rope, martial arts, skateboarding and roller derby demonstrations will be featured, along with other activities.
Streets Alive is being promoted as a celebration of physical activity, sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority, Rome-Floyd County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Bike! Walk! Northwest Georgia.