Ballard Spahr is celebrating its pro bono partnership with Firefly Trail by sponsoring the organization's sixth annual Ticket to Ride 100, a century bike ride to raise funds and build support for the proposed 39-mile-long Firefly Trail that stretches from Athens to Union Point.

Firefly Trail is a Georgia nonprofit that is working to create a multi-use trail from Athens to Union Point along the corridor of the historic Athens Branch of the Georgia Railroad. The Firefly Trail connects Athens-Clarke, Oglethorpe, and Greene Counties. Ballard Spahr represents Firefly Trail pro bono in trademark matters.

As many as 250 bicyclists are expected to participate in tomorrow's ride, which begins at 9 a.m. in Athens, with a second, 9:30 a.m. starting point in Winterville. Cyclists have the option of completing the entire 100-mile journey from Athens to Union Point and then back to Athens or opting for shorter rides along the trail. On-the-road support will be provided.

Ballard Spahr has annually made and met a commitment to donate at least 3 percent of billable hours to pro bono service, equal to about 40,000 hours yearly. Ballard Spahr consistently ranks among the top 100 law firms in the Am Law Pro Bono Report and has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of outstanding commitment to pro bono work.

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