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Ovilla: 'Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS' rolls into Ovilla

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OVILLA- The Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS (LSRFA) will roll through Ovilla on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Ovilla’s Heritage Park at 730 West Main Street will be the lunch site on the second day of the two-day bicycling event.

Now in its 10th year, LSRFA raises money for three organizations supporting North Texans impacted by HIV/AIDS: AIDS Outreach Center of Tarrant County, AIDS Services of Dallas and Resource Center Dallas.

"Nearly 200 hundred riders will cycle as much as 150 miles over two days and they will enjoy a nourishing lunch break in Ovilla at the scenic Heritage Park," said John Tripp, LSRFA co-chair.

"LSRFA is the culmination of months of effort, as each rider will have spent the summer training and fundraising.

The minimum fundraising goal for riders is $500, although the average Lone Star Rider raises $1,400. Since 2001, LSRFA has distributed more than $1.8 million to our beneficiaries." 

The event provides a bicycling tour through the back roads of Dallas/Fort Worth as well as offering riders and crew the opportunity to make new friends.

The fully supported ride features entertaining pit stops providing, among other services, snacks, beverages, bike-tech support and even massage every 10 to 15 miles.

Route crews provide support to riders on the road and can take riders back to camp if they decide to stop along the away.

"LSRFA beneficiary agencies use the money raised by LSRFA to provide a variety of services and support for 4,000 North Texans impacted by HIV/AIDS. These include meals, housing, education and outreach, dental care, HIV testing, case management, transportation, counseling and more," said Laura Kerr, event co-chair.

"We look forward to spending time in Ovilla and I know everyone will give our riders and crew a warm welcome while we are there."

"We have planed an exceptional event this year as we celebrate 10 years of riding to help our neighbors with HIV/AIDS," said David Minehart LSRFA event manager.

"Our route will take riders through some scenic North Texas countryside and offer a few challenges as well.

They will be supported by our crew volunteers who do everything to help riders and make this an enjoyable and memorable experience for any level of cyclist."

The bicycle run coincides the same weekend as Ovilla Heritage Day which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Information about LSRFA is available online at www.lonestarride.org.

LSRFA rides out Sept. 25-26, from the American Airlines Training and Conference Center south of DFW Airport.

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