A major fundraising bike ride makes its way Saturday along Highway 1 from Carmel through Big Sur to Old San Simeon Village.
This years Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle event will honor Steve Hearst, vice president and general manager of Hearst Corp. Western Properties and great-grandson of the late media magnate William Randolph Hearst, on Saturday evening at the Hearst Ranch.
This is the ninth year for the Best Buddies fundraiser. It begins Friday evening in Carmel. Saturday, riders have their choice of going 100 miles south to San Simeon, or signing up for 62-, 30- and 15-mile routes.
Leading the effort again this year are Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and author/journalist Maria Shriver.
Among other celebrities expected among the 1,500 participants are actors Michael Chiklis, Rob Lowe, Vern Troyer and Lauren Potter and Entertainment Tonight host Nancy ODell.
After the ride, Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis leads the Carl Lewis Challenge, a 5-kilometer run/walk that makes its way to San Simeon Point and back.
Best Buddies International, a nonprofit organization founded by Shrivers brother Anthony Kennedy Shriver, is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Entrants pledge amounts starting at $1,650 to participate. Donors of $5,000 and up can attend an evening pool party at the Castles Neptune Pool. Last years ride raised about $4.5 million, up from the prior years $4 million.
Hearst is to receive the Spirit of Leadership award, the nonprofits highest accolade, which is presented to individuals who have shown great leadership, generosity and spirit in supporting the Best Buddies mission.
Ride participants gather at Hearst Ranch at the end of the challenge for an evening barbecue and private concert by Blues Traveler.