Roy Weigand is coming to town, but he’s not making an ordinary entrance. Mayor Bob Frutos has called on bicyclists, runners and walkers to join Roy as he “runs” into town after a 100 mile trek from Children’s Hospital in Orange County and Los Angeles, to his final destination at McCambridge Park.
The Tennis Center will be hosting a fundraiser for Roy’s cause – – the Michael Hoefflin Foundation which is dedicated to helping families with children fighting cancer. Roy was inspired to do the super long run in memory of Christopher Wilke, a young Burbank boy who succumbed to the disease in March 2014.
Walk Bike Burbank is organizing local bicyclists by meeting up at the rear entrance of City Hall. An advance team of cyclists headed by Debbie Reid, a nurse supervisor at Children’s Hospital and member of Walk Bike Burbank, will monitor Roy’s progress as he heads to Burbank and will notify the group of Roy’s expected schedule.
“I am happy to participate in the Mayor’s ride to support the Michael Hoefflin Foundation,” Reid said. “At Children’s Hospital, we are on the front line of fighting cancer affecting children, and so I am happy to be able to use my bicycle to promote this cause.”
The group at City Hall will meet at 9:00 a.m. and will encourage folks to have breakfast or shop at the Farmers’ Market and then will be notified when the group is ready to depart in order to meet up with Roy as he enters Burbank.
Mayor Frutos will be making the debut of the City’s first “Official Bike” during this ride. Walk Bike Burbank recently presented the City Council with a brand new Pure City bicycle in recognition of National Bike Month in May. Pure City Cycles, a Burbank based designer, manufacturer and world-wide distributor of classic-style bicycles, provided the new Mayor’s bike.
“We live, work and ride bikes in Burbank; we believe in using bicycles as part of ordinary everyday activities. We are pleased that City officials are willing to ride with us and want to encourage everyone to ride bikes in Burbank,” says Michael Fishman, co-founder of Pure City Cycles.
City Manager Mark Scott agrees. He recently purchased his own Pure City bike – from Walk Bike Burbank, for a special good community cause. He bought his specially branded Walk Bike Burbank bicycle as part of this Saturday’s Christopher Wilke fund raising activities with a bicycle donated by Pure City Cycles.
The purchase price of the city manager’s new bike is being donated to the Michael Hoefflin Foundation. Mr. Scott is a lifelong casual bike rider who is looking forward again to enjoying his new bicycle for local errands and fun.
“I may not be the fastest thing on two wheels, but I enjoy getting out occasionally – and Burbank has the Chandler bike path that I’m quite excited to use,” Scott recently said.
Join Mayor Frutos as he leads a community bike ride escorting Roy Weigand’s approach to the Burbank Tennis Center – then enjoy all the fun at the park!
4th of July Festival at the Burbank Tennis Center – The Return of ROY’S RUN
Burbank Tennis Center – at McCambridge Park
249 Amherst Drive, Burbank, California 91504
10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.