Annual RoboRide through Morgan set for Oct 7

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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The Annual RoboRide, a bicycle ride through Morgan County to benefit the Morgan County High School Robotics Team, is set for Saturday, October 7, beginning in Downtown Madison at 9 a.m.

There will be a 10-mile “fun ride” for families and beginners and two longer routes for experienced riders.

The ride will coincide with Madison’s annual Chili Cook-Off so riders can take in the beautiful landscape of Morgan County and return to Madison’s Town Park to enjoy the locally made cuisine.

To sign up for the event, visit: www.active.com/madison-ga/cycling/roboride-benefiting-mchs-robotics-2017. You can also email mchsrobotics@morgan.k12.ga.us for more information.

“Our goal is to have 50 riders and to be able to connect with the community through the cook-off to give more exposure to the robotics team,” explained Alec Johnson, robotics coach at MCHS. “Our budget is larger than most programs and we are completely self-funded. We are trying to come up with $12,000 for the year, which does not include costs if the team makes it to the state competition and later, into world competition like we did last year.”

The MCHS Robotics Team’s first competition will be held on November 11 in Gwinnett County. The MCHS Robotics Program is comprised of six teams that have already completed the design process for this year’s robots and are starting to build the robots this week.

“The robots have to be able to stack objects during the competitions,” said Johnson.  “We are already starting to build and we are doing these fundraisers to be able to pay for it all.”

This year’s RoboRide will start in Downtown Madison at the parking deck behind Chophouse!

“Take a look at the routes and get ready to come out and support your Morgan County Robotics “RoboDogs” while enjoying a beautiful bike ride through Morgan County!” said Johnson.

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