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Ride to Remember Oso on March 19

 


The Ride to Remember Oso on March 19 will commemorate the third anniversary of the 2014 Oso landslide and be the final piece of the America’s Best Communities competition for Arlington and Darrington.

“The idea came about from Mark Everett, owner of Arlington Velo bike shop, who was talking to one of the parents who had lost a child from the slide,” said Sarah Lopez, communications and recreation manager for the city of Arlington.

That parent suggested a bike ride event named after Jovan ‘Jojo’ Mangual.

Later, when Arlington and Darrington began advancing in the America’s Best Communities competition, Everett helped push forward the idea of a bike ride to remember the day.

The two communities received $100,000 to push forward a number of goals, and one of those was tourism.

“This being a big bike ride helps promote rural tourism as well as commemorates the Oso landslide,” said Lopez.

There are two planned bike rides, as well as a community celebration scheduled for the Sunday.

A 28-mile, one-way bike ride is scheduled to start in Arlington’s Legion Park at 8:15 a.m.

It is meant for adult riders, said Lopez.

The ride travels along State Route 530, with a detour along Oso Loop Road, and eventually all the way to Darrington.

A family-friendly bike ride, called the “JoJo Trail Ride,” is also being hosted by Snohomish County Parks that day.

It is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Fortson Mill Trailhead.

“This is kind of a grand opening for this section of the Whitehorse Trail and it’s currently being prepped by the Snohomish County Parks Department,” said Lopez.

Both bike rides end at the “Celebration of Strong Communities” at the Darrington Community Center, which is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“This is a celebration of how far our communities have come together,” said Lopez, and also serves as a capstone for the America’s Best Communities competition, she said.

Even those that are not interested in the ride can go to the community center to remember the day, said Lopez.

There are numerous planned speakers for the event, including Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and the mayors of Arlington and Darrington.

Those interested in participating in one of the rides are encouraged to register at ridetorememberoso.com to help volunteers who are preparing the rides have a better understanding of how many people will be participating.

There have around 40 people already registered for the adult ride and around 70 for the family ride as well, said Lopez.

The Ride to Remember Oso is currently planned to be a one-time event and is made possible with help from a number of organizations.

“This is going to be a huge group effort,” said Lopez. The event is receiving support from the city of Arlington, the city of Darrington, Snohomish County Parks, Washington State Department of Transportation, the Red Cross, the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation, Community Transit and others.

More information about the event is available at ridetorememberoso.com.

 

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