Sixth annual Bike-N-Fly fundraises for rotary

By Matthew Tonis

GREAT BARRINGTON — A plane sits idly on the runway behind John Benedict, the former president of the Rotary Club of Great Barrington. In front of him are about 85 cyclists, waiting for his signal.

After thanking the participants and giving instruction and announcements about the day, at just about 9 a.m., Benedict fired the proverbial shotgun and the cyclists began moving forward. As the riders took off, so too did the plane, leading the cyclists to the end of the runway, eventually taking off into the morning sky.

This is the sixth Berkshire Bike-N-Fly event at the Walter J. Koladza Airport, the brainchild of Benedict about six years ago.

An avid cyclist, Benedict wanted to form an event that would married one of his loves with the two-year-old fly event already put on by the Rotary Club.

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