On June 26, Patrick Barrett and about 40 other employees at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems will be riding their bikes to work.

Barrett bikes to work at least once a week during the summer, but this ride will be special.

Along with scores of other companies, the group will be participating in the Corporate Challenge, part of the 26th Annual Bike to Work Day.

Between 6 and 9 a.m., participating riders will be enjoying a fun and festive atmosphere, enhanced by free, light breakfast dishes served up by businesses and organizations at breakfast stations at their locations and along the trail network.

These breakfast locations are designed to support how people actually ride their bikes to work and to highlight local businesses that support bicycling in the community. Cyclists don’t have to participate in the Corporate Challenge to enjoy breakfast.

Last year, 45 companies and organizations and more than 1,300 people participated in Bike to Work Day; 586 of those riders participated in the Corporate Challenge.

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Partner organizations and businesses served free breakfast at 28 locations throughout the city. Companies called each other out to see who could garner the most participation.

Colorado’s Bike to Work Day, which takes place the fourth Wednesday of June, encourages bicycling for personal and community health, alternative transportation, recreation and sustainability.

Barrett said Lockheed Martin has participated in Bike to Work Day for at least the past 10 years.

“We realize that a healthy workforce is a happy and productive workforce and promotes workplace wellness in several capacities,” Barrett said. “We want to ensure our employees are living a well-balanced life and can bring their full potential on and off the job.”

Barrett noted that biking to work reduces the carbon footprint and helps to improve the air quality of the Pikes Peak region.

It also encourages a commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

“One of our employees had never biked to work prior to last year’s event,” Barrett said. “The event sparked a habit, and they made it a goal to bike to work three days per week and continued that throughout the summer and fall.”

Last year, about 30 Lockheed Martin employees participated in the challenge. This hear, Barrett hopes to field 40 to 50 for the event.

He urges other companies to sign up for the corporate challenge and help promote wellness in their workplaces.

Companies interested in participating in the Corporate Challenge can email coschallenge18@gmail.com or call 719-339-4109 or 303-588-1009 to get more info or to register. Visit coloradosprings.gov/biketowork for more information and a corporate challenge toolkit.

Bike to Work Day is organized by the city of Colorado Springs, and sponsored in part by KOAA News 5, 98.9 Magic FM and the Colorado Springs Independent. Organizing sponsors include Bike Colorado Springs, Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO), Mountain Metro Transit, and Pike Ride.

The Corporate Challenge is sponsored in part by the Colorado Springs Business Journal.