On Centre | Around Bellefonte: Bike ride again raises funds for Centre County Christian Academy

You may think there is nothing more relaxing than a bicycle ride on a Saturday afternoon.

How about an eight-hour ride that covers 100 miles?

Dubbed the Bulldog Ride by its participants, Rick Gilbaugh, John Weaver and Kristy Smith, this Saturday will mark the second annual trek to raise money for the Centre County Christian Academy in Bellefonte.

“It’s a donor ride,” Gilbaugh said.

“People can donate for every mile ridden or they can give a flat donation.”

Last year’s ride, completed by Gilbaugh and Weaver, raised more than $7,000 for the school, Gilbaugh said.

The funds went to purchase about 20 laptops and a wireless printer for the school.

This year, Smith, who is Gilbaugh’s daughter and an administrator at the school, has been added to the rider roster.

She and Gilbaugh will make the trek on a 21-speed bicycle built for two.

The bike was given to Smith during a trip to Texas, she said, when she struck up a conversation with a fellow State College native on the plane trip.

“I mentioned we had a bike for two when I was a kid,” she said.

“He said he and his wife had one, but they didn’t use it. If we would use it, he’d love to give it to us.”

Riding the 100 miles is also a big deal for Smith, who said she was in a cycling accident a few years ago.

“It’s a neat thing to do with my dad,” she said.

“I’m trying not to be nervous.”

The ride wraps up Spirit Week, which started Monday at the school, Gilbaugh said.

Students will raise funds Saturday with a bike-a-thon of their own, riding laps around the parking lot as the trio rides through State College, Penns Valley and Boalsburg, eventually ending at the CCCA.

The school is still taking donations, which will be used to purchase a new minivan, Smith said.