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CASA fundraiser returns to SIA test track

An annual event in the Lafayette area is looking for bikers.

The Subaru CASA Cycling Challenge is a 24-hour long event, which involves riders, either solo or as part of a relay team, raising money for the CASAs for Kids Fund. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate.

CASA Director Coleen Hamrick says the funds help abuse and neglected children in ways the state Department of Child Services cannot.

"In April, we give out scholarships for college, and that is amazing for a kid - when you can give them a $1,000 scholarship and they're a child who has had so many struggles. Now, that next milestone in life can happen, because they have the funding they need to get through that. It's really exciting!"

The Subaru CASA Cycling Challenge attracted nearly 50 solo riders or teams last year, and raised about $40,000. This August, organizer Rick Laurie says they want 50 individuals and just as many teams involved.

"We're going to stay fairly close to form from last year. Things went very well. No major issues with last year's event, except that it rained right as we were leaving the track. We will be facilitating a little better. We'll have a few more things with respect to food stuffs, different facilities, new facilities on site."

The event is returning to the Subaru of Indiana Automotive test track in Lafayette, and the automaker is the chief sponsor. SIA Executive Vice President Tom Easterday rode last year, and says they want to see more people involved.

"I rode about 35 miles and I am by no means an expert rider. I run a lot, but don't ride the bike that much. I'm proof, I guess, that you don't have to be an expert rider to participate. It's a great event."

The Subaru CASA Cycling Challenge is set for noon Saturday, August 11th to noon, Sunday August 12th.

You can find more information HERE.