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Bike Ride to 'Break the Cycle' of sexual abuse and assault

Friday, September 11, 2009

Julie Schulenberg, left, and Kristal Phillips, right, are the contacts for registration for the Oct. 4 "Break the Cycle" bike ride. Photo by Dan Whitney.
The Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault (CAASA), along with sponsors Letsche Bike Shop and RJ Thomas Manufacturing, will be staging a 23-mile bike ride on Sunday October 4, 2009, with the theme "Break the Cycle - Ride Your Bike."

The goal is to promote healthy, non-violent choices in life, as well as to have fun and enjoy what promoters hope will be a glorious, fall afternoon.

The ride will leave Cherokee's Wescott Park on Highway 59 South at 1:30 p.m. that afternoon and head down the River Road to Quimby. While there, riders will have a chance to enjoy drinks and snacks near the Quimby Fire Station, if they choose. Riders will then mount up and return back to Cherokee, again on the River Road.

A cook-out will then be held for bikers and the general public at Wescott Park. The meal will be included in the cost of registration for bikers, and others will be charged a small amount (probably $3 or 4) for the meal.

In addition to the cookout, there will be other fun activities for all ages. For the kids, there will be a bike safety station and bike rodeo, as well as lots of fun and free prizes.

The sponsors of this fun day hope to get the community to work together to break the cycle of abuse, and urge everyone to "respect yourself, respect others, and respect the environment."

Bikers will pay $20 to register, and the cost of registration includes a free t-shirt, as well as the post-ride meal at Wescott Park.

For anyone who wishes to ride, but needs "wheels," contact the people handling the registration (see below) ahead of time, and they will secure a bike for you to ride that day. It was also noted that there will be a "Sag Wagon" going along on the ride, and bikers who need assistance or need to drop out, etc., will receive what they need.

All proceeds from the event will go to CAASA to help being awareness to our communities.

For more information and/or registration, contact Julie Schulenberg at 712-225-5003 or Kristal Phillips at 712-371-2472. Phillips is an avid biker and frequent RAGBRAI participant, and she will be riding along on the October 4 ride.

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