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The 13th annual ‘Loop the Lake’ Bicycle Ride will be held this year on August 15th. The ride, which is sponsored by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown, is a charity event with all proceeds benefitting youth programs in our area, including the Children of the Book Summer Reading Program (www.childrenofthebook.org), which recently completed its inaugural year.
The event is coordinated by St Luke’s parishioners Jay Yaggie and David and Priscilla Menzies. “The race is a 40.3 mile self-paced tour around the entire lake.” explains Yaggie. “There will be plenty of rest stops along the way. We encourage all levels of riders to participate and we will also be offering a half tour (approximately 20 miles) that crosses the lake at Bemus Point for anyone who is not interested in the full loop.” The ride has become a yearly tradition and a highlight of the summer for many area cyclists. “Think of it as Chautauqua’s version of the ‘Tour de France’…Except it’s not a race and everyone wins.” Yaggie quips.
Registration will be held at 7:30 the day of the race at the Menzies’ home, 68 East Terrace, Lakewood, with a start time of 8am. Donations will be accepted in lieu of registration fees and riders are encouraged to solicit sponsorships. A sag wagon will be available throughout the ride and helmets are required for all riders. There will be a rest stop with refreshments at the halfway point and a picnic lunch at the Menzies’ after completion of the ride.
While the purpose of the ride is to raise funds, the focus is more about fellowship and personal improvement. “St Luke’s fosters human flourishing and growth in all areas-including the spiritual, relational, emotional, and physical dimensions.” says St. Luke’s Rector, the Rev. Luke Fodor. “The Loop the Lake is an opportunity to come together as a community for fun and exercise and to raise money to help support our programs for area children and youth outreach. It is also about pushing oneself beyond the limitations we place on ourselves.”
Persons interested in riding, donating or volunteering for the event should call the church office at 716-483-6405 or contact Yaggie at firstname.lastname@example.org