‘Loop The Lake For Literacy’ On Feb. 6

The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County will hold its sixth annual “Loop the Lake for Literacy” cycling event Saturday, Feb. 6. The ride boasts some of the most scenic areas of western Palm Beach County.

Cyclists have the option to ride 14, 34, 68 or 115 miles around the shores of Lake Okeechobee. All rides begin and end in Port Mayaca. The three shorter rides — called the Sonnet, Short Story and Classic rides — all take place atop the dike overlooking Lake Okeechobee, the second largest lake in the U.S. The 115-mile ride — called the Epic Full Loop — will take place mostly on open roads. The three shorter rides start at 8 a.m., while the full 115-mile loop begins at 7 a.m.

The registration fee for the shorter rides is $85, and it is $145 for the 115-mile ride.

Individuals who fundraise $200 will have their registration fee waived. Riders who raise $400 or more can forgo registration and also receive a 2016 Loop the Lake cycling jersey.

Participants are encouraged to register in advance at www.loopthelakeforliteracy.org. However, participants can also register the day of the event starting at 6 a.m.

Loop the Lake co-chairs are Liz Cayson with the Health Care District of Palm Beach County and Tom Streit of Akerman LLP. Belle Glade’s Dolly Hand is the honorary chair. Sponsors include Florida Crystals, Domino Sugar, the Levenger Foundation, the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Park Avenue BBQ & Grille and the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida.

All proceeds will help fund the many programs provided by the coalition, including Adult Literacy, After School Reads, Budding Readers, Glades Family Education, Building Better Readers, Turning Bullies into Buddies, Literacy AmeriCorps, Parent-Child Home, Reach Out & Read, Read Together Palm Beach County, Village Readers Family Education, and Workplace & Community Education.

For more info., visit www.literacypbc.org or call (561) 279-9103.

ABOVE: Lori and Steve Leveen ride in the 2015 Loop the Lake for Literacy.