Graphics by Jamie van Wart
As Hopscotch weekend gets closer, there are a few things that are certain. 1. Excitement builds. 2. The number of Hopscotch weekend day parties, music events and pop-up activities increase by the day. One of the events that popped up last year returns for its second year, The Hopscotch Hepcat. Last year's event raised over $3,000 and had over 80 participants, so competition will be high...but all in the name of a good cause.
The Hopscotch Hepcat is an alleycat style bike race that hits the streets of Downtown Raleigh on Saturday, September 8th at 12pm. The race will include multiple stops along the path and all riders will be given a manifest before the race to guide them on their way around the city.
Organizers Jared Harber and Tina Haver share a passion for cats and bikes. Safe Haven is the Triangle's first no-kill shelter, so the combination of the bike race to benefit the felines seems perfect. They also both love music and great local food which is evident in the event prizes, which include tons of LPs, gift cards to local eateries and pet stores, messenger bags, and a bike from Oak City Cycling Project for winners. But winners is a relative term, as it includes both the fastest, the slowest, the best costumes, etc. There will also be a non-riders raffle as well.
There will be a pre-race party. Safe Haven will have a tent and Oak City will be fixing bikes for free. Parlour and Klausie's will be serving food and donating a potion of their proceeds to the cause as well.
All proceeds from the event go to Safe Haven Cat Shelter and Clinic, but you can also donate directly to Safe Haven here.
Registration ($20) is now open and will be until the day of the event. It's limited to 100 riders so be sure to get in the door early. You can pre-register over at the website and here's the direct Paypal link for registration.
Now, get out there and help those cats!