Public Service Events

 
 
Red Poppy Ride
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WC-ARES assists with communications at the Annual Red Poppy bicycle ride usually held in the month of April each year. This event draws 1100 to 1500 bicycle riders each year. The ride begins at Georgetown High School and traverses the countryside east to Lake Granger and back along county roads. Multiple routes range from 14 to 100 miles in length.

Members provide radio communications from 7 Rest Stops, and 10 SAG (Support and Gear) wagons to assist riders with mechanical problems or that cannot complete the route. Typically 35 to 40 licensed Amateur Radio Operators participate each year.

Please contact Craig Boegler, W5TSN  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer. Positions include SAG wagons, Net Control Operators, and Rest Stops.

Freedom Parade

This parade takes place in downtown Round Rock on July 4 each year. (see above article).

Outlaw Tail 100 Ride

This is another bicycle event that begins and ends at Dell Diamond in Old Settler's Park in Round Rock, during the month of October each year. It is much like the Red Poppy ride. This ride is sponsored by the Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department. Operators drive city-owned trucks, which on the morning of the ride, requires them to install mobile radios in each truck in the span of 30 minutes and get out on the route! This ride usually provides opportunities for 35-40 operators. For more information, contact Dallas Mellichamp, KD4HNX,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Rogue Run

This is a foot race that takes place in early January in Cedar Park. Start and Finish is at Cedar Park High School. Amateur Radio operators monitor the runners from vehicles and in the start finish area. In the past this has been a fundraiser for WC-ARES. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Fitness Challenge

Starting January 10, 2015, ARES will assist with communications for the Fitness Challenge, sponsored by the Round Rock Lions Club. The challenge takes place at the Baca Center in Round Rock. For information and to volunteer, contact Jim Kinter, K5KTF at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.