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Tour of the Wichitas takes off Saturday

WICHITA MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE REFUGE, Okla._If you're looking for something fun and athletic to do this Saturday, we've got just the thing for you!

The Tour of the Wichitas Bike Ride will be this Saturday. It starts at the Polo Club at Fort Sill at 8:00 a.m. The tour allows riders to enjoy the scenery with a guide and learn more about the wildlife refuge along the way.

It's not a bike race, but in their words, more of a "smell the roses" ride. Jean Williams is the event co-director and she says she's hoping for another strong turnout.

"Well, we're looking forward to the growth that has happened each year. This year, we already have over 200 pre-registered, which is above last years numbers. We're expecting about 400 riders," said Williams.

Along the trails, a guide will show people the refuge, along with the animals, as well as hiking trails and fishing lakes. Donna Phillips from the Wildlife Refuge says they always look forward to having tourists, whether through a bike or a bus ride, as long as they're enjoying the scenery.

"We want them to know about the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. So the more people that we can get to talk to and educate about the refuge...that's great," said Phillips.

There will be four trails, starting at 17 miles, 32 miles, 42 miles, and 50 miles. Don't worry; the longer bike trails will have water stops and spots are filling quickly so if you want to participate, go to their website at tourofthewichitas.com.

They will also be rewarding participants with a cook-out after the trail rides back at the visitor center.

 

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