By Beth Howard/Around & About Editor

If you are looking for a fall break from stress and class, join The American Lung Association of Kentucky on the 16th annual Bike Trek to Shakertown, scheduled for the weekend of September 15-17. Space on the ride is limited, so riders are encouraged to sign up early. The 3-day ride begins in Harrodsburg and continues along scenic country roads until it concludes in a historic overnight stay at Shakertown. The visit to the restored 19th century Shaker village will include a riverboat cruise, a full course dinner, a live concert and a tour of the grounds and the buildings.

The ride on Saturday will end at Danville’s Pioneer Playhouse where the group will have dinner and spend the night. Kentucky folklorist and storyteller, Don Bocklage, will provide “down-home” evening entertainment and massage therapists will help tired and sore participants.

If a cyclist cannot participate all three days, a 2-day option (Saturday and Sunday only) will be available. The alternative option will include the visit to Shakertown, but not an overnight stay.

Carolyn Embry, trek director, said last years bike trek attracted participants from counties all across Kentucky and 7 different states. The trek raised over $70,000 for the fight against lung disease.

“The ride maintains its success because of its reputation as a first-rate bicycle tour that gives riders the opportunity to cycle some of the most beautiful countryside east of the Mississippi, while benefiting a great cause,” Embry said in a press release.

Routes are available each day for both the experienced cyclist and the “neighborhood cyclist.” To register, each rider must pay a $45 registration fee and agree to raise pledges to help fight lung disease. Cyclists may qualify for a wide selection of prizes based on various pledge levels. This year’s grand prize is two airline tickets to any destination in the continental U.S.

For more information about the Bike Trek to Shakertown, including pre-trek information programs and corporate teams, call the American Lung Association at