On your mark, get set, BIKE!

Dave Schwab

Thu April 6, 2017 10:10am

Break out your running shoes and hop on your bikes, the annual Cycle EastLake and Run fundraiser is coming Saturday, May 6.
“It’s our 19th year doing the Cycle EastLake and Run, which involves a half marathon, a 10K and 5K run and families doing a stroll,” said Christopher Tobin, educational director of the EastLake Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supporting EastLake public schools. “On top of that, we have a cycling portion, including an 18-mile mountain bike ride benefiting the Foundation.”
Over the years, EEF has successfully brought together businesses, local residents, school staff and families to support developing and enhancing technology in the classrooms of EastLake public schools — EastLake Elementary, Olympic View Elementary, Salt Creek Elementary, Arroyo Vista Charter School, EastLake Middle and EastLake High.
With one paid staffer, an active board of directors and nearly 100 volunteers, the EEF prides itself on giving nearly every dollar it raises through fundraisers like the cycle and run and an annual golf tournament back to schools. Since its inception in 1995, EEF has been able to provide over $1.9 million to equally benefit all six EastLake public schools.
Tobin noted proceeds from the cycle and run, as well as a Taste of EastLake restaurant walk in January and an August golf tournament, all go toward upgrading technology programs for EastLake teachers and their schools.
Registration for the May 6 cycle and run begins March 15 for the cycling event held at EastLake Middle School.
“My favorite thing about Cycle EastLake and Run is bringing the community together,” said EEF’s development coordinator Autumn Reid. “It was great to see the students we support having fun with their teachers and families!”  
Tobin concurred that the cycle and run not only benefits kids, but is benefited by them.
“For kids, this is the only one of our events they can actually participate in,” said Tobin, adding the annual cycling event typically raises about $40,000.
Nearly 900 cyclists and runners from all over Southern California will take to the streets and trails of the EastLake community May 6 for the 19th annual Cycle EastLake and Run, which offers spectacular views of nature through majestic hills, a stunning lake and the exceptional low-traffic running trails of the Chula Vista Park District.
The fantastic bike ride consists of the ever-popular 25-mile road bike ride as well as the 18-mile mountain bike poker ride.
In addition, back by popular demand is the EastLake Half Marathon, 10K and Super Hero 5K that the entire family can do together, a fun-filled day of fitness and healthy living.
All activities May 6 will take off and end at Eastlake Middle School. There will also be exciting activities going on at the middle school during the ride with local businesses, dancers, music and more.
Check in for all May 6 activities begins at 6:30 a.m., with the first ride starting at 7:30 a.m. The cost for adults starts at $45 and for youths $35.
Register online at eefkids.org/cycle.