2013 Lorie's Lakeside Century Boasts Record Number of Riders!
More than 600 cyclists - 608 to be exact - from all over the Midwest took to the streets throughout Porter County, LaPorte County and into Michigan to participate in Lorie’s Lakeside Century on Saturday, September 14th to benefit the Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County. Lorie’s Lakeside Century is in memory of Lorie Kirkley who was a cardiac rehabilitation nurse at Porter and an avid cyclist who died in 1999 after being abducted from her home. The Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County is a nonprofit organization providing compassionate home health and hospice care to those in need in the community.
The ride is a community effort, manned by more than 90 volunteers at the ride headquarters at Liberty Bible Church in Chesterton, along the route and at SAG stops at the Lakeview Overlook, Art Barn, Garwood Orchard and the Lions Pavilion in New Buffalo. The ride attracted cyclists from 4 states and raised nearly $20,000 to support the care provided by the VNA. New to the ride this year was a focus on farm to table, featuring locally produced pulled pork from Ruge and Sons Meats and roasted Indiana sweet corn, grown by Ed Burek and roasted by Jim Shaw.
A big thank you to all who participated, donated, volunteered and to our 2013 Sponsors: Porter Health System, Urschel Laboratories, Barile Ford, Emerson Industrial Automation, Buck’s Bicycle Shop, Coastal Valley Water Company, Silver Beach Pizza, Family Express, Golden Tech, Jones & Kirkley Families, Cindy Sausman, Smith Family, William Fisher Sr., Martin Binder Jeweler, Porter County Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Prudential Executive Group, Philips Ace Hardware, Schoolhouse Shop, Task Force Tips Inc., Smiles by Arnold, Orthodontics by Dr. Hyde, Valparaiso Family Dentistry, and Valpo Velvet.
Save the date - Saturday, September 13, 2014
A couple of interesting twists have been suggested for next year’s ride and we are always on the look out for new ideas. If you are interested in serving on a committee for Lorie’s Lakeside Century 2014, please contact us at 219-462-5195. We’d love to have you!