Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Livestrong Ride a Big Success

On Tuesday night, May 4, Team Rubicon-Orbea visited our City as they prepared to challenge in the Joe Martin Stage race last weekend. It has become an annual affair and serves as a fundraiser for Livestrong by including a raffle and silent auction of Livestrong gear and other cool stuff donated by local bike shops and business.  I would estimate that at least 70-80 riders rolled out from River Trail Station on the wheel of North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays. I've got to give Mr. Mayor credit, as he put a little pressure on many of the casual riders in the bunch by laying down a steady 18-20 MPH for a couple of miles before pulling off and leaving the light work to others. After a loop through Burns Park, the group returned to River Trail rentals to enjoy the live music, free food and a good beer selection, followed by drawings and the auction results. Organizer Jenn Shaw reported that the event raised $7000.00 for Livestrong's cancer fighting efforts. This is exactly the kind of thing that can put cyclists in a positive light and our community is to be commended for the turnout. Mayor Hays spoke before the ride of NLR's efforts at promoting riding and health and Alderman (-person, -woman??) Beth White spoke of her goals of reducing childhood obesity and promoting good health through youth fitness programs. I hope to get some more information from Ms. White concerning her efforts.

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