Bikers raise funds for Lions’ charities

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Cyclists from across Central Texas met in Liberty Hill Saturday for the annual Rip Roar’n Ride bike race for charity.  (Kathy Canady Photo)

Cyclists from across Central Texas met in Liberty Hill Saturday for the annual Rip Roar’n Ride bike race for charity. (Kathy Canady Photo)

The Liberty Hill Lions Club annual Rip Roar’n Ride had another strong turnout this past weekend as the organization raised money for multiple causes.

Greg Garnett said 236 riders biked the course that started and ended at Liberty Hill Elementary School. The course wound its way through Liberty Hill, into Bertram, then into Burnett before riders turned back toward the starting and ending location.

“We had really good feedback from talking to the riders,” Garnett said. “We were hoping to find ways to improve the event or course, and most of the riders said they were very, very happy with the course on Saturday.”

After the ride, the bikers were treated to a barbecue lunch served by the Lions Club.

The 236 riders were around the norm for the annual event. Garnett said there was another cycling event in Central Texas that might have pulled some interest away, but he said cyclers arrived from as far as Fort Worth and Houston.

Most of the riders had registered in advance, but there were still 46 walk-up registrations Saturday morning. Those who registered in advance paid $35, while the walk-ups paid $45 for the ride.

Those proceeds, a number that was not available at press time, will benefit numerous causes the Lions Club supports.

Some of the funds will be used for scholarships given to Liberty Hill ISD students, also to purchase glasses and eye exams for those in need, and a charity in Kerrville that supports diabetic and handicapped children.

Garnett said the Lions Club has more events planned in the near future, which will be announced on the organization’s website, lhlions.org.

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