Barrington resident Bob Lee, 70, will be at Saturday's Barrington Area Kid Fest to begin his efforts toward "A Ride for 3 Reasons: Part III" -- a million-dollar fundraiser benefiting ALS, cancer and hospice.
This September, Lee is planning to bike the approximately 2,500 miles from Vancouver, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico in honor of those living each day with ALS or cancer and those receiving end-of-life care in hospice.
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In 2001, Lee cycled 3,200 miles across the southern border of the U.S., and in 2007 he completed 6,500 miles along the east coast and northern border of the country.
With this third ride, Lee will have cycled the perimeter of the country to raise awareness and funding for the Les Turner ALS Foundation, American Cancer Society, National Hospice Foundation and Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois.
"Through my involvement with the Rides and the charities involved in this effort, I have met countless people who inspire me to pay it forward every day," Lee said. "The Ride is a journey that allows me to touch people's lives in a meaningful way while also engaging my lifelong dream of traveling the back roads."
Local residents will have the opportunity to support the "Ride for 3 Reasons: Part III" through several activities and community events:
•Bike the Ride will be held in conjunction with Barrington Area Kid Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Citizens Park on Lake Zurich Road. In this free event, participants will ride through Cuba Marsh, enjoy a bike-decorating activity and benefit from bike and helmet safety checks.
•Jump the Ride will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and 8:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Kids In Action Gymnastics Academy, 28039 W. Northpointe Parkway in Lake Barrington. Toddlers and older children are welcome to experience an open gym, music, concessions, raffles and T-shirt sales. Admission is $10.
•Dine the Ride will be held throughout Saturday, May 12, at the Onion Pub & Brewery, 22221 N. Pepper Road in Lake Barrington. Ten percent of sales will be donated to the "Ride for 3 Reasons."
•Rock the Ride Music Fest will be from 1 to 10 p.m. July 4 at the Fourth of July Brat Tent in downtown Barrington. This event will feature adult and youth bands, concessions and raffles.
To learn more about the "Ride for 3 Reasons: Part III" and its beneficiaries, or to make a donation, visit 3Reasons.org.