Fitness, fun and fundraising are all planned as part of the fourth annual Ride for Hope, in support of Hope Hospice.

Bill Curtis, the event’s founder, is a longtime Hope volunteer who celebrates his birthday each year by riding his age in miles, and raising funds for Hope Hospice. Four years ago, he invited others to join him, and the Ride for Hope was on its way. The ride is held in November, in observance of National Hospice Month.

Proceeds from the ride will help to cover the costs of patient care. Hope Hospice serves everyone in need, regardless of their ability to pay.

A new feature at this year’s event will be a raffle for a Xenith Comp, the winner of Bicycling magazine’s 2010 Editor’s Choice Award for Best Recreational Road Bike. The bike is valued at more than $2,000. Raffle tickets may be purchased on line or at the event for $25.

See the event webpage for all details