People in western Colorado love helping community organizations, especially when it involves a fun event like the Rose Hill Rally, now in its 21st year.

The annual ride raises money for St. Mary's Rose Hill Hospitality House which provides free accommodations for outpatients and families of patients from outside the Grand Junction area.

In 2016 for the 20th anniversary, a 5k walk/run was added to the 50k/100k bicycle rides offering a way even those who aren't comfortable on a bike to participate in the event.

Besides raising money for Rose Hill, the ride is popular for its family friendly route that begins and ends at Canyon View park.

The 50k ride is popular with recreational riders who can take a leisurely ride from the park to Fruita and back. More serious riders enjoy the benefits of the 50k and the addition of riding to Highline lake before returning to the park.

The Rose Hill Rally is Sunday May 6. Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. with most riders starting between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Walkers can easily start between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and finish with plenty of time for lunch, provided for both bikers and walkers.

The ride and walk are fully supported including a light breakfast, lunch, rest stops, bike mechanics and a medical team available.

Preregistration is recommended and can be done online at the Rose Hill Rally website. Cost is $40 for adults and $25 for children with proceeds benefiting the Rose Hill Hospitality House at St. Mary's Hospital.

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