Next Ride: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Not only do we love the Reel Housewives of Topsail Island (RHOTI) for being an amazing play on words, but we also love their annual bike ride. This year the bike ride will take place on Saturday, April 6 at 8:00 am at Surf City Sound Park. Before the crowds come en masse to the beach for the season, this 26.2-mile seaside ride loops around beautiful North Topsail beach before returning to Surf City. Donations from the event go to “helping our local breast cancer victims one mile at a time.”
The Reel Housewives go the extra mile in making this event a fun way to bring the community together for a good cause. Local bands, bars, and other businesses provide venues and entertainment and auction items to promote the ride. There are two more registration events featuring live music and finger food before the ride itself: March 16 at the Lo-re-Lei Pub & Grill in Sneads Ferry, and March 23 at the Trailer Bar in Surf City. Before the ride participants are welcomed to stretch out with a yoga class. Afterwards everyone is invited to Gilligan’s (14058 NC Hwy 50, Surf City) for the afterparty with music by Fryd on the Boat.
A Little History.
Since their first ride in 2010, the Reel Housewives have brought hundreds of thousands of dollars to local families and survivors of breast cancer. Whether by helping with groceries or purchasing a prosthesis, the organization helps those affected by breast cancer, so they can focus on what’s important: healing. A series of sponsorship packages are available and can be purchased at either registration event or through the website. Reel Housewives merchandise is also available, and it’s not uncommon to see the hot pink tee-shirts and cozies around town. This year the Reel Housewives are offering freakers, little sweaters for bottles featuring a bike logo and RHOTI.
Since the first event with 42 riders, the Reel Housewives of Topsail have become a veritable non-profit in the area. The entire community is involved in keeping the event safe and organized, allowing participants to focus on the natural beauty of the area and true reason for the ride: to remember how breast cancer has impacted our lives while creating a positive impact in the lives of those fighters surviving it today.