OKC Compassion Inc., an Oklahoma City nonprofit ministry, will host the fifth annual Phillip Gokool Ride for Compassion on Saturday at Stars and Stripes Park at Lake Hefner.
The bike ride and family picnic is a community event that was created to commemorate the life of Phillip Gokool, an OKC Compassion volunteer who served in the inner city for much of his life.
Organizers said July marked five years since Gokool was shot to death while helping needy individuals. His killing remains unsolved.
The Rev. Richard Bond, OKC Compassion executive director, said the Ride for Compassion is hosted each year.
He said riders of all abilities are welcome because the ride is not a competitive event, but a time to enjoy fellowship and recreation together. The event format allows cyclists to ride on the paved trail around Lake Hefner and complete whatever distance suits their particular type of riding.
A catered picnic, live music and a drawing for prizes also will be held. Prizes include a new bicycle.
The cost is $25 for riders, which includes a T-shirt and picnic lunch.
People who prefer not to ride may join the festivities for lunch for a donation of $10. All proceeds support the OKC Compassion Inc. ministries.
Registration will be open from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and the 50-mile ride will begin at 8 a.m. at Stars and Stripes Park at Portland Avenue north of NW 63. The family picnic will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information, call Bond at 410-8082 or go to www.okccompassion.net.
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