By Tia Lynn Lecorchick managing editor
The first ever RoboRide is almost here! The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Robotics Team is putting on the this fitness-centered fundraiser, RobRide, a bicycle ride event through Morgan County on Oct. 11 at 9 a.m., starting at MCHS. Registration for the event is open until the hour before the ride begins. It’s $40 to register. Visit www.active.com to sign up. The registration fee buys you a spot in the RoboRide, as well as a free t-shirt and gift-bag filled with coupons and advertisement for local businesses. There is a 100-mile route, a 62-mile route and a 31-mile route. According to the one of the Robotics Team advisors, Alec Johnson, the RoboRide is a two-fold effort to raise support for the robotics team and promote health and fitness throughout the community. “We are trying to help our team and help the community,” said Johnson. The Robotics Team builds a robot to compete against other Robotic Teams in an international competition each year. To do that, the Robotics Team has a budget of $13000, requiring each teammate to pay a $200 in membership dues. Johnson is hope between 50 and 100 sign up to ease the costs for students in the Robotics Team. “It’s expensive,” said Johnson. “We would like to be able to offset those membership dues for the students.” This year, the Robotics Team, a group of 29, is set to compete at the international competition in March in Perry, Georgia. Johnson is hopeful that the team will go far in the competition. “It’s a pretty big competition,” said Johnson. “Our second year we placed second, and in every other year we have placed either in the top ten or top twenty. I think we will continue to do well,” said Johnson. But Johnson is’t just concerned with winning, but serving the local community. “We are not only trying to win the competition this year, but there are some side awards for community service and outreach…We help out with the Boys and Girls club. We started the first Lego League, a branch off of what we do, so we make the real robots and the kids can make the Lego ones,” explained Johnson. The Robotics Team specifically chose to create the RoboRide to promote fitness in the community as well. Sponsors of the event include: Steak & Shake, Great Clips, NIBCO, Paschal Orthodontics, Georgia Skin Cancer and Aesthetic Dermatology, Perk Avenue, Tifosi Optics, Sunshine Cycles of Watkinsville, and Ingles.