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Utahns race to provide bikes for kids

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Posted at 9:43 PM, Jun 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-01 23:43:10-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 300 Utahns are spending their weekend pushing themselves to the limit in an event that puts bikes in the hands of children.

The organization Bikes for Kids Utah puts on the Stage Race every year, and since 2006 they’ve raised enough support to give 7,000 bikes to children in the Salt Lake area.

The race is a tough one. Riders competed on a criterium course Friday, and Saturday they did two race legs in Herriman.

The race is part of the Utah Cycling Association’s race series, and even though it’s a serious race, organizers said it has nothing to do with winning.

John Karren, Bikes for Kids Stage Race director, said it’s all about getting bikes to children.

“I've been riding around seeing people on bikes,” he said. “Seeing kids riding bikes, and I think that's what the goal is, is not only the bikes but also the safety, giving them the opportunity to ride bikes. They probably wouldn't have the opportunity.”

Bikes for Kids Utah is also helping other youth cycling organizations in Utah like the Utah High School Cycling League and the Youth Endurance Athlete Development Program.

For more information about Bikes for Kids Utah, visit their website.