UPDATE: Dozens Participate in Holiday Lights Bicycle Tour

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UPDATE 12/27/2013 10:25 AM

For people in Washington County, Thursday was a beautiful winter night for a bike ride across town.

Dozens of people took part in the 18th annual Holiday Lights Bicycle Tour in Marietta.

The bike ride got rolling after 7:00 from the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Third Street.

From the church, the group pedaled up Putnam to Fourth Street where they turned right, heading towards the river bike path.

Organizers call the tour a gift of fellowship, and an opportunity to exercise.

"Rather than sitting around eating more Christmas fudge, you can actually wear a little bit of it off tonight in the hour and a half that we'll be out riding our city streets looking at the holiday lights," says event coordinator Roger Kalter.

Kalter started the holiday ride two decades ago, after being inspired by a similar bike tour in Cincinnati.

He chose the night after Christmas because of the lower amount of traffic.

Part of the new bike path in Marietta is completely under water.

The 18th annual Holiday Lights Bicycle Tour on Thursday may have to take a different path.

But organizer Roger Kalter says that's not going to stop them and he is already all decked out and ready to go.

Last year they didn't have too many people because of the cold weather but with tempertures predicted to be in the 40s on Thursday, he says they are expecting a large group.

"We will basically ride 60 to 90 minutes around Marietta streets looking at Christmas lights and enjoying each others company," Kalter says. "If there's any type of silt that's slick we are gonna have to see if we can get some help, maybe from the local fire department. I also have found some broken glass and some leaves."

Kalter says it's not uncommon for bike paths to be flooded as they are usually built in the flood plain; however, there will have to be some landscaping to fix the damage.

They may be biking around that particular area if it hasn't dried up by Thursday.

The bike ride starts at 7:00 on Thursday night and everyone meets at First Unitarian Universalist Church at 232 Third Street.

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