Genoa Township is offering residents an opportunity to get out, get healthy and support the park system.

Genoa Township is offering residents an opportunity to get out, get healthy and support the park system.

The township will have its second annual bike tour from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19. Five-, 15- and 40-mile bike routes all will begin at Trek Bicycle Store, 5985 Maxtown Road, and cyclists will travel the township's bike paths and rural roads.

The tour cost is $25 for a team's first participant and $5 for each additional participant. The cost for teams of six or more is $10 per person. Children may participate in the bike tour for free.

All of the funds raised through the tour will go back into supporting Genoa Township's parks and recreation programs, township parks manager Ron Keil said. Examples include the township's community garden and the recent addition of workout stations at McNamara Park, Keil said.

"We put everything back into our parks that we get donations for," Keil said. "We're working without a park levy. We like to raise as many funds as we can without the tax dollars. I like to think we can do a lot without tax dollars."

Last year's bike tour had about 100 riders and raised $2,500, but organizers hope that increases to more than 250 riders and $5,000 raised this year, Keil said.

"We started earlier with our advertisement and so on, and it should be a fun event," he said.

In addition to raising funds for the park system, the bike tour offers participants an opportunity to tour Genoa Township's bike trails and an opportunity to be more active, Keil said.

"We like to promote physical activity and being healthy. Bike riding is one of the best ways to do that," Keil said. "Genoa is really trying to get people involved in outdoor activity. Get out, be healthy, enjoy the township."

The bike tour is being held in conjunction with the Genoa Township Business Association's Community Expo, which will offer entertainment, raffles, a family bike ride and other events May 18 and 19 in the Northgate shopping center, at the northeast corner of Maxtown Road and North State Street.

For more information on the bike tour or to register, visit www.genoatwp.com, call Keil at 614-568-2029 or email him at keil@genoatwp.com.