Hit the Road for the VNA

2012-Lories-Lakeside-CenturyLooking for something new and different to do, close to home? The Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County will sponsor Lorie’s Lakeside Century bicycle ride on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Experienced riders, novices, individuals, groups and families are invited to explore the solitude of shaded country roads, spectacular views of Lake Michigan and prairies covered with native wildflowers as they bike along the lake and through the Indiana Dunes and countryside on marked routes.

Lorie’s Lakeside Century is named in memory of Lorie Kirkley, a cardiac rehabilitation nurse at Porter and an avid cyclist who lost her life to a violent crime in 1999. Proceeds from the ride will benefit the programs and services of the Visiting Nurse Association in Lorie’s memory.

Riders can choose their ride distance, ranging from 15 – 100 miles along a variety of routes that include unique rest stops along the way at the Art Barn, Lions Club Pavilion in New Buffalo, the Lakeview Pavilion and Garwood Orchard. Along the routes you will encounter The Schoolhouse Shop’s Celebration of the Arts Fair and Garwood Orchard’s Apple Fest.

Registration includes a continental breakfast, route map, food at rest stops along the way, roadside emergency assistance if needed, and lunch. Riders can even receive free registration and a free t-shirt if they obtain pledges or make a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more.

Lorie’s Lakeside Century begins at Liberty Bible Church, 824 N. Calumet Avenue in Chesterton, Indiana. On-site registration is from 7 am – Noon CST. Registration for the ride is $30. You may register online at www.signmeup.com/82205 or visit the ride website at www.lorieslakesidecentury.org for more information. Children 12 and under ride for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Helmets are required for all riders.

New to the ride this year is an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast, served from 7 am to 10 am, featuring pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and milk for $6. Even if you aren’t able to participate in the ride, you can drop in for breakfast and support the VNA!

Top 2012 Lorie’s Lakeside Century sponsors include Porter Health System, Family Express, and Urschel Laboratories.

For more information or to pre-register by phone, please contact the Visiting Nurse Association at 219-531-8078. To learn more about the Visiting Nurse Association, visit the VNA website at www.VNAportercounty.org.

Photo: Cyclists are invited to ride in support of the Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County on Saturday, September 15th.