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LKSD 120 Founders Ride

This summer, Lakeside welcomes back LKSD 120, a group of experienced bike riders on Thursday, July 15 at the Pavilion Circle around 5 p.m. where they will celebrate their victorious ride.

The group of around 75 bikers, many of whom are first-time Lakesiders, will be riding 122 miles from Delaware, Ohio to Lakeside.

Sean Gill and Brian White, longtime biking friends and Lakesiders, will safely lead the group on the rewarding journey.

The ride is centered around Lakeside and its foundation to honor history. Gill’s grandfather’s grandfather, Samuel Richard Gill, was one of the original founders of Lakeside in the late 1800s. The ride as well as this year’s jersey honors Samuel Richard Gill. His initials “SR Gill” are proudly placed on the right sleeve of the orange and blue jersey.

The Lakeside 120 was an effort by Gill and White to welcome people to Lakeside and introduce them to the community and it’s history.

“The Lakeside community was so welcoming at our last ride coming through those gates. People were waving signs and strangers were congratulating us and at that point, all of the riders immediately realized how special Lakeside is,” said Gill.

This year, riders and the community can give their support by donating to the Cleveland Angels, an organization that offers consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building and mentorship to children, youth and families in the foster care community.

“After last year’s race, I began thinking how we can ride but also lend a hand to a charitable organization. A good friend of mine, who I grew up with in Port Clinton is a doctor now at the Cleveland clinic and his wife runs Cleveland’s Angels,” said Gill.

Though Cleveland Angels does not sponsor the ride, it is a way to give back to an amazing organization that helps many families.

“Lakeside makes us feel welcome and taken care of as soon as we come through the east gate,” “Cottage owners open their homes to riders, people we don’t even know saying hi on the street like they’ve know you forever. That is Lakeside and that is what makes it special and we couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate the end of our ride.”

The LKSD 120 is looking for experienced level riders that can bike at a pace of 16.5 mph to join them on the Founders Ride. To register, visit lksd120.com and sign up by July 1.

To learn more about how you can donate to the Cleveland Angels, visit https://www.lksd120.com/angels. To learn more about the Cleveland Angels organization, visit  https://www.cleangels.org/lakeside120.html

In the case of inclement weather, the ride will be postponed to July 16.

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