4th Annual Ride for the River Returns Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019


Celebrate the Schuylkill River Trail with bikes, beer and bands! Ride from Pottstown to Reading and back along the Schuylkill River Trail, then kick back and relax at the Sly Fox Brewery’s annual Can Jam Festival featuring great food, Sly Fox beer and eight hours of live music. The ride has a 16-mile and 35-mile option. All proceeds benefit the Schuylkill River Trail.

All riders receive voucher for free food and one free beer! Fully stocked rest stops! Ride support! Complimentary pre-ride bike safety checks! Well marked route!

About Ride for the River

Schuylkill River Greenways organizes the event in partnership with the Sly Fox Brewery’s Can Jam Music Festival.

Ride for the River is designed to allow cyclists to explore the Schuylkill River Trail while supporting the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area, which operates and maintains the Schuylkill River Trail in Berks and Schuylkill Counties and works to improve the entire trail. All rides begin and end at Sly Fox’s popular Can Jam Festival located at 331 Circle of Progress Dr., in Pottstown. Both the 16- and 35-mile options take place primarily along the flat, crushed stone Schuylkill River Trail, with about five miles of on-road riding between the festival and the trail. The on-road section has some hills.

35 mile ride – 9 a.m. start time: Pottstown to Reading and back along the Schuylkill River Trail with a short on-road section to and from the brewery.

16-mile ride – 9:30 a.m. start time: Pottstown to Union Township Recreation Area and back along the Schuylkill River Trail with a short on-road section to and from the brewery.

Ride the River FAQs

Ride for the River & Support the Trail

Hundreds of bicyclists participate in the annual bike ride and therefore help bring attention and support to the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT). Ride for the River serves as a fundraiser for Schuylkill River Greenways, which works with partners to build, improve and promote the Schuylkill River Trail. One of the largest finished trail sections is the Pottstown to Reading stretch, maintained by Schuylkill River Greenways, which totals about 20 miles. Money raised will support ongoing maintenance of the trail. There are currently 75 miles of the Schuylkill River Trail completed and when finished it will run 120 miles from Frackville in Schuylkill County to Philadelphia.

Learn More about the SRT Learn About Current Trail Projects Become A Sponsor!

For more information about becoming a sponsor of Ride for the River, contact Schuylkill River Greenways at 484-945-0200 or email ashandera@schuylkillriver.org

SRT Ale, the Ale for the Trail


Sly Fox Brewery has partnered with Schuylkill River Greenways for the past four years by producing SRT Ale, an ale that benefits the Schuylkill River Trail. SRT Ale will be available after this year’s bike ride at the festival and all cyclists get a FREE beer ticket. During the 2018 music festival, Sly Fox presented representatives of the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area with a check of $5,630 from that year’s SRT Ale sales. The ale is now available all year long.

More About SRT Ale

In Need of  Volunteers

We wouldn’t be able to put on this ride every year without the many volunteers who help with planning, trail improvements, route markings, and other general activities the day of the event.

Volunteers receive free T-shirt as well as a food and beer/beverage ticket to use at the Can Jam Music Festival the day of the event. 

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General Event Volunteers: Assist with route markings, road crossings, rest stops, check in, and other tasks during the event. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt, food & beer. Volunteers in this category won’t be able to participate in the ride.

Parking/Registration Volunteers: For volunteers who wish to assist with morning parking or check-in and be able participate in the ride. There is a $40 entry fee; all volunteers receive a free T-shirt. Price increases to $45 on 8/6; $50 on 9/15. (Only 8 spots available). 

For more information about becoming a Ride for the River volunteer, email mpatterson@schuylkillriver.org.

Special Thanks to All Our Sponsors & Partners!!!

About Can Jam Festival

Sly Fox Brewing Company’s CAN JAM Music Festival is curated to feature rising regional independent talent, authentic and original, just like Sly Fox beers! A free day of amazing music in the beautiful pastures adjoining the brewery, accentuated by one of the largest KanJam® tournaments on the planet.

The Can Jam Music Festival celebrates Sly Fox Brewing Company’s role as an early adopter, evangelist and promoter of cans—the hottest packaging trend in the craft brewing industry. Learn more about Can Jam.