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Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative celebrated its 75th anniversary of serving the Southern Maryland area this year with a 75-mile bike ride June 2. Cyclists who preferred shorter distances could take a 29-mile or 47-mile route. The co-op had 375 people register for the event: 97 cyclists registered for the 29-mile route; 128 registered for the 47-mile route; and 150 registered for the 75-mile route, according to a press release.

Riders came from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., the release states. More than half of the cyclists were 50 years old or older. The youngest registered cyclist was 10 years old. Cyclists received subs for lunch at SMECO’s Hughesville headquarters, the starting and finishing point for all the routes. Winners of random drawings received a variety of bicycle-themed prizes ranging from air pumps and mirrors to speedometers and water bottles.

SMECO president and CEO, Austin J. Slater Jr., said in the release, “All day long we received compliments from the cyclists. They were very appreciative and couldn’t say enough nice things about how smoothly everything went. They raved about the registration process, the food, the rest stops, the route, and the overall organization of the event. They were especially complimentary of how nice all of the volunteers were. They asked over and over if we planned to do it again — and they said they would gladly come back.”

In other 75th anniversary events, SMECO residential account holders have won prizes from local businesses. Prize winners are listed in SMECO’s monthly newsletter and on its website.