“When our founders started the ride in 2004, it was just three of them. It's hard to believe that we have grown to around 350 riders and many more followers. Our little ride has inspired others around the U.S. to start up rides of their own."
GULF PLACE — The Witches of South Walton are set to host the 16th Annual Witch Ride on Thursday, Oct. 31, to support the mission of local nonprofit, the Children’s Volunteer Health Network.
“When our founders started the ride in 2004, it was just three of them. It's hard to believe that we have grown to around 350 riders and many more followers,” said Stephen Brinker of the Witches of South Walton. “Our little ride has inspired others around the U.S. to start up rides of their own.
"We raised more than $15,000 for CVHN. The rides elsewhere raise money for their own charities. It's great to see how something as simple as riding a bike can help so many in need. ”
Those participating can bring their own bike or rent one from one of the bike rental partners. All participants should be at the Gulf Place Amphitheater by 6 a.m. the morning of the ride. The Witches will leave the Gulf Place Amphitheater at 7 a.m. sharp, heading west along 30A for about 1.5 miles before looping back for brunch shortly after 8 a.m.
Ticketed riders can expect to enjoy a leisurely morning bike ride followed by brunch, which includes food and beverages, the opportunity to win incredible raffle and silent auction items, and the chance to compete in categories including best dress, most witchy cackle and best broom (bike) decor.
Admittance to the event is limited to the first 350 to register. Advanced registration is open for $50. A T-shirt and early raffle tickets are also available for purchase. If the number for brunch reaches capacity, late registrations may allow admission for only the ride portion of the event.
“We have participants come in town from all over the country, and every year riders rave about how much fun this event is,” said Carol Stafford, a ride founder. “Nothing gets you in the spirit of Halloween like dressing as a witch and riding your bike down Highway 30A. We get lots of honks and give lots of cackles.”
To purchase your ride ticket, visit www.WitchRide.com, or to learn more about the Witches and our events, visit www.WitchesOfSouthWalton.com, Facebook or Instagram. The event is sponsored by Pizza by the Sea.