Soft Shell Metric Century returns to Crisfield

CRISFIELD — Waterfront views, scenic woodlands and some of Maryland’s most historic locales set the backdrop for the Salisbury Jaycees’ eighth annual Soft Shell Metric Century bike ride in lower Somerset County on Saturday, May 23.

Following a show-and-go start at American Legion Stanley Cochrane Post 16 from 8-9 a.m., riders have the option of following a 62.1-mile (100-kilometer) or 23.1-mile (37-kilometer) route. Both routes pass some of Crisfield’s most picturesque and historic areas, including the rustic crab shanties of Jenkins Creek. Riders also will have the chance to see a working watermen’s community in action at the Small Boat Harbor. The Crisfield Heritage Foundation offers a look at the workshop of famed decoy carvers Lem and Steve Ward for all participants.

Cyclists on the 23.1-mile route will tour the wooded areas of Crisfield and Marion Station, while those braving the full 62.1-mile route will have the opportunity to see some of the county’s most historic churches as they travel north to Rehobeth, MD, before returning to Crisfield, the southernmost point in Maryland.

The Jaycees provide rest stops along the way, featuring water, snacks and opportunities for riders to relax and socialize. After the ride, cyclists may visit popular local attractions such as Janes Island State Park or enjoy traditional Chesapeake Bay seafood dishes at one of several Crisfield restaurants.

Those spending the night will have the opportunity to mingle with the locals at the annual Soft Shell Spring Fair and Watermen’s Hall of Fame induction at the Crisfield City Dock on Sunday, May 24, sponsored by the Crisfield Lioness/Lions Club and Crisfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

All participants receive T-shirts and assigned numbers. Registration for adults is $45 before Sunday, May 17, $60 after. Registration for riders ages 12 and under is $25 before Sunday, May 17, $35 after. Day-of registration is accepted. Pre-registration is encouraged. The event is rain or shine. No refunds will be given after April 25.

Registration is available online at https://www.bikereg.com/soft-shell-metric-century-bike-ride through Sunday, May 17. Printable forms for mail-in registration are available through the Salisbury Jaycees website at http://salisburyjc.com/chapter-projects/soft-shell-metric-century.

For more information call 410-749-0144, ext. 109, or e-mail softshell@salisburyjc.com

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