Monday, April 15

Operation Red Sleigh Prepares For Its 21st Annual Cycling Event

Photo provided by Operation Red Sleigh

ASHEBORO NC– Operation Red Sleigh has announced its 21st annual charity cycling event, The “Sleigh Ride” is set for July 17th.  

Operation Red Sleigh is a non-profit organization that began in 2000. Local law enforcement, including NC Highway Patrol, started the organization to assist families in Randolph County who were in need. “Our organization is given names of children in need by both school systems’ counselors/social workers. We then help Santa shop for those children in Randolph County who will not have a Christmas. We raise money throughout the year and normally provide a hot meal for the children and their family on the day the presents are distributed. In 2020 we were unable to provide the lunch but were able to provide gifts for 340 children,” said Zach Ausband in a press release. The Sleigh Ride has been the organization’s primary fundraiser. 

In 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the event went virtual. This year it’s back to normal and is being held at Hopewell Friends Meeting at 2244 Hopewell Friends Rd., Asheboro, NC. Riders have a choice of three routes: 20 miles, 45 miles, and 55 miles. 
This event is hailed as the safest cycling event in North Carolina, with the assistance of NC State Troopers, local law enforcement, fire departments, emergency services, and a multitude of volunteers. Intersections are swept to remove debris that may be a hazard for the rider. Area bike shops are on hand to assist riders if needed.  

“Regardless of rider type or level, ORS is the best supported and most challenging ride in the region! Where else can you ride and blow through stoplights and 4 lane highway crossings w/o issue or hesitation? The support & dedication from all the volunteers is unmatchable!” says G. Del Grande. 

Routes are available to preview on our website. Much of the same routes that have been used in the past are still included through the Uwharrie National Forest. Participants will receive an annual T-shirt. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the event. The staggered start will begin at 8:00 a.m. 

Registration Fee $25.00  (under 12 Free w/ riding adult on routes) 


[UPDATE – The Location has been changed to Hopewell Friends Meeting at 2244 Hopewell Friends Rd., Asheboro, NC]