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July 12, 2011

First Annual Breakaway Charity Bike Ride

Contact: Julianne Idlet
jidlet@cyclekids.org
617.661.0908

CYCLE Kids 2011 First Annual Breakaway Event

Saturday, May 21, 2011 Bike Ride and Gourmet Luncheon

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA

Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 21, 2011 – CYCLE Kids Inc., a Cambridge-based nonprofit, is launching this charity ride in their fight to get kids off of computers and outside playing. The organization has an innovative curriculum for physical education and literacy classes that gets kids outside on bikes during the school day in an attempt to change the future for the current generation of children to a healthy, active one. CYCLE Kids is hosting their first annual fundraising bike ride and gourmet luncheon event on May 21, 2011. This fundraiser comes on the heels of a community bike-build event that took place in Cambridge, MA on April 5, 2011. Members of the community and children joined together to build seventy bikes to kick off the rollout of the CYCLE Kids program into all Cambridge, MA elementary schools.

This upcoming bike ride and gourmet luncheon is a celebration of healthy living and physical activity. After the bike ride, enjoy lunch prepared by Paul O’Connell of Chez Henri while listening to the bluegrass music of the Pine Hill Ramblers. Have fun and help give the CYCLE Kids program to more communities in greater Boston! Take a part in introducing children to the joys of bicycling and educating them about the importance of exercise and good nutrition habits through physical activity, literacy, and mentoring activities.

Ellen McPherson, a 5th grade homeroom teacher in Somerville, MA, has seen the impact of the CYCLE Kids program first hand. “The kids have such enthusiasm about riding bikes that they also enjoy reading about bikes and writing about bikes. The CYCLE Kids program has become a catalyst for creating more curricula in the schools that connect kids to the notion of moving which is important because kids don’t move enough!”

The event has three bike route options departing from the museum; a 62-mile ride departs at 8:00 am, the 36-mile ride at 10: , and the 19-mile ride at 10:15 am. The gourmet luncheon, open to bikers and non-bikers alike, will follow the rides at 12:30 pm in the deCordova Sculpture Park.

Julianne Idlet, the Founder and Executive Director of the CYCLE Kids organization, understands how important it is to get kids active and moving at a young age. “The CYCLE Kids program gives children and families the tools they need to make living active and healthy lifestyles a habit, all while having a great time doing it. In addition, the interactive and social nature of the program, which involves children sharing bikes, helping each other fit helmets and in some cases, helping each other learn to ride a bike, encourages children to make new friends and take responsibility for both themselves and their peers. These interactions reinforce lessons of cooperation and teamwork, while building self-esteem.”

To date, CYCLE Kids has granted programs to twenty schools, benefiting approximately 1,000 children in the fourth and fifth grades every year. The equipment given to these schools will last at least ten years, so at a minimum these programs will have impacted 10,000 children.

For more information about CYCLE Kids, visit the CYCLE Kids website, www.cyclekids.org and the CYCLE Kids blog. To find out more about the Breakaway event, visit www.tinyurl.com/breakaway2011. You can also follow CYCLE Kids on Facebook and Twitter.

About CYCLE Kids:

CYCLE Kids is a Cambridge-based organization that gives elementary schools and community centers an innovative program that helps children learn life skills that go beyond fitness and brings new excitement to school physical education classes and to a child’s literacy lessons. The curriculum teaches 4th and 5th grade students bicycle safety and skills, how to make smart food choices, and encourages children and their families to live healthier, more active lifestyles.

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