STP begins annual ride this weekend

Staff reportJuly 13, 2013 

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Renate Org (left) of Issaquah, sits with her grandchildren, Hunter Morgan, 6, and Gracie Morgan, 3, both of Tenino, as they cheer on bicyclists as they roll through Tenino City Park during the Seattle to Portland bike ride on Saturday, July 9, 2011. (Tony Overman/Staff Photographer)

TONY OVERMAN — The Olympian

Ten thousand cyclists will ride through Thurston County along the 202.25-mile route from Seattle to Portland on Saturday and Sunday in the 34th annual Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, the largest multi-day ride in the Northwest.

The riders’ trek begins Saturday morning at the University of Washington and will finish at Portland’s Holladay Park with area stops at Tenino City Park and Yelm Community Schools’ McKenna Elementary. Riders are expected to roll through Thurston County as early as 9 a.m. Saturday.

Seattle’s Jerry Baker, 72, has ridden every STP. Baker won the inaugural event in 1979, when it was a time trial between Seattle and Portland city halls.

STP FACTS

Total miles: 202.25

Route: University of Washington campus in Seattle to Holladay Park in northeast Portland

Halfway stopping point: Centralia

Total riders: 10,000

Riders by gender: 75 percent men, 25 percent women

States represented: 45 (and Washington, D.C.)

Oldest rider registered: 90 years old

Source: cascade.org

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