More than 500 cyclists pedaled up to 56 miles Saturday morning in to help raise money for the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.

This was the 12th year for the ride. The event, now named “Miles for Smiles” featured more cyclists than ever, organizers said.

More than 150 volunteers work behind the scenes to make sure the event went smoothly. Riders traveled along designated routes in Northeast Cleveland County near Lake Stanley Draper.

Riders had mile route options of 10.5, 27, 44, and 56 miles. Within the course were seven rests stops which provided fruit and water. Lunch was also provided for the riders at the finish line.

Participants also had a chance to win prizes through drawings. These prizes included bike accessories and parts donated by bike store sponsors and more.

The ride is considered a tune-up for the July 14 Norman Conquest, a challenging tour through the hills of far eastern Cleveland County. The 17th annual Conquest benefits Camp ClapHans, a residential summer camp project of the J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities.

That 7:30 a.m. rides include 10, 22, 46 and 64 mile treks. Last year, more than 650 riders participated. This year’s ride includes a carbo-load the night before at O’Connell’s.

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