Old Howard 100 Bike Ride Information:


Formerly sponsored by Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, the Old Howard 100 is a ride through three
counties in Alabama’s historic Black Belt.  This year, the ride is brought to you by Sowing Seeds of Hope
(SSOH), Marion, Alabama, a partnership between the people of Perry County and Alabama Cooperative Baptist
Fellowship.

All proceeds from the ride will benefit the programming of Sowing Seeds of Hope which seeks to improve the
quality of life and work in Perry County through improved educational opportunities, health care, housing,
transportation and economic development.

Starting with the 2013 ride, the Old Howard 100 was part of the Alabama Backroads Cycling Century Series. The
Series of 10 rides seeks to promote the growth and development of long-distance cycling in the state of
Alabama, encourage participation in established Alabama Century (100-mile) rides, recognize and reward
individuals for their accomplishments, and benefit the charities and advocacy efforts supported by each of the
events.  Though the Old Howard is not currently part of the Series, it continues to be a great first 100 mile ride
for cyclists due to the flat terrain of the route.  

Riders begin at Judson College and ride through downtown Marion, past Marion Military Institute, former
home of Howard College. Riders will head west for 17 miles through the Perry County countryside to Newbern,
home to the Rural Studio project of Auburn University.
Thirty-four-mile riders will return to Marion by the same
route.

Proceeding north in Hale County,
43 mile riders will pass through downtown Greensboro on the broad, tree-
lined Main Street with its many homes of distinctive architecture—Greek Revival, Federal, Victorian, Gothic
Revival—and onto the grounds of Magnolia Grove, built circa 1838 and the ancestral home of Admiral Richmond
Hobson, hero of the Spanish-American War. All riders then return to Marion by way of a stop in Folsom at
Holmstead, Alabama's longest continually running plantation, which has been in the same family since the early
1800s. The 43-mile route ends back at Judson.

Century and 75-mile riders continue through Marion and southward, across the Cahaba River and the Perry
Lakes wetlands region to Suttle before splitting: either to return to Marion or to proceed into Dallas County for
the final stop at the Selma  Public Library. Century riders will be rewarded with views of historic structures,
including the Edmund Pettus Bridge and cemeteries framed by live oak trees draped with Spanish moss. The
return to Marion takes riders through sweeping farm and pasture land and ends where it began, at Judson
College.