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Boys and Girls Club Prepares for 8th Annual Cycling Challenge

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The Boys & Girls Club of central Virginia is preparing for its 8th annual Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge. The bike race is getting central Virginia kids outside, exercising, and learning about cycling.

The Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge fundraiser offers several courses -  eight, 25, 50, and 75 miles. Organizers have added a new, longer course, and they're currently recruiting racers and volunteers for the big day.

New this year- they're bringing back the centennial race for those who want to ride 100 miles. Also, younger kids from the Southwood Camp will get to participate in the race for the first time. They'll participate in the eight mile race.

Each year community members join Boys & Girls Club members for the race.

"Getting out there and getting on the road and getting a new skill not only promotes healthy lifestyles, but it also gets these kids confidence and they're doing something that they feel really good about.  By the end of the ride they might not have thought they could ride 25 miles or 100 miles, but they do it and they look back and they are super confident and that carries out throughout the rest of their activities and really throughout the rest of their lives," said James Pierce, the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of central Virginia.

Training for the races has already begun for the Boys & Girls Club team, but the club also provides resources for other bikers who want to start training.

The race takes place Sunday, September 15 at the Old Trail community in Crozet. There will be an after party with catered lunch by and live music immediately following the race.

Registration is now open. For more information, click here.

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