LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- SIA and CASA kicked off the preparations for the 2019 Subaru CASA Cycling Challenge.
The challenge is an extreme event allowing bike riders to test their endurance and raise money for the CASAs For Kids fund. This is the 9th consecutive year the challenge has been hosted on the 2 mile SIA test track. The track is the second largest track in the state of Indiana.
In 2011, $40,000 was raised by those participating in the challenge and last year $140,000 was raised.
Patti O'Callaghan is the founder of the CASAs For Kids fund, and she said there has been a steady increase of interest in the event. She said she hopes participants see this as a unique opportunity to help children in need.
“This is a way that you can help.” O’Callaghan said. “By having fun, by testing your limits, by getting a group together and having a team and having fun and really help the kids that need it so much.”
Corporations such as Arconic and Caterpillar plan to several teams riding the day of. Scott Greeson spoke on behalf of Arconic about the importance of the event. He said the ride has turned into a family event where participating adults have brought their children to learn the importance of helping those in need.
“Over the years, they've continued to bring the children out and as they're riding, their kids are saying, ‘Hey, mom and dad are doing something for the community,’” Greeson said. “So it really does plant seeds of hope in that next generation to be caring about other people in our community.”
Go to the Subaru CASA Cycling Challenge website to register for the event and keep up with important updates.