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Biking with Beanzie a huge success

To the Editor:

Kishwaukee Kiwanis of DeKalb would like to thank our community for making the 14th annual Biking with Beanzie event a huge success. We had a record event with over 650 riders participating. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Profits from this event go to support the Kishwaukee Bike Pathway projects, as well as other projects within DeKalb County.

Biking with Beanzie is a recreational ride presented by the Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb and sponsored by Kishwaukee Community Hospital. Riders chose from a range of distances between 24 to 102 miles. This year, by partnering with the Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative to help promote a healthier lifestyle within DeKalb County, we were able to add Community Ride routes of 3 and 5 miles.

Special thanks to our supporters: Kishwaukee Community Hospital, Brad Manning Ford, Competitive Edge, DeKalb Fiber Optic, DeKalb/Sycamore Chevrolet GMC Cadillac, Hy-Vee, Ken Spears Construction, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, Resource Bank, Schnucks, Unlimited Performance, Water Works and 3M.   

Thank you to: AKtion Club of Opportunity House, Castle PrinTech, city of DeKalb and DeKalb Police Department, DeKalb County Sheriff, DeKalb Park District, DeKalb School District 428 schools, Jonamac Orchard, Kishwaukee Valley Bicycle Club, League of Illinois Bicyclists, Malta Fire Department, The MidWeek, North Central Cyclery, Rescue Riders and the Wild Roses of Women on Wheels, Sycamore Key Club, WLBK, Kishwaukee Family YMCA and 4-H Clubs.

New this year, thanks to the food vendors: Al’s BBQ Shack, Aspen Leaf Yogurt and the DHS Barb Boosters. Thank you also to all the communities and people who provided us with rest stop space. Without the support of everyone mentioned and the many more who helped, this event would not be possible. 

Please save the date for next year: July 14, 2013.

Kishwaukee Kiwanis club meets weekly on Wednesday, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb. Visitors are welcome. For more details, visit

Sue Doubler and Toney Xidis

Biking with Beanzie Committee co-chairs

Kishwaukee Kiwanis of DeKalb (Wednesday Noon Club)

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