Cycling event to raise funds for trip

Club members hope to attend the Technology Student Association national convention in Washington.

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MILTON-FREEWATER -- Money raised from the second annual "Tour de Frog" cycling event will go to send local high school students to Washington, D.C., for a national convention.

The Tour de Frog will be start Saturday between 7-10 a.m., with riders able to begin the race anytime between those hours. Racing starts and ends at Yantis Park in Milton-Freewater. Riders will also stop at Whitman Mission for lunch.

The event is being coordinated by the Technology Student Association Club at McLoughlin High School. Students hope that holding the race a month earlier than last year will yield better weather and a healthier turnout of participants, organizers said.

The Tour de Frog will offer four different rides -- 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles. The 75- and 100-mile courses will take riders through Harris Park. Although riders can choose to start at any time between 7 and 10 a.m., coordinators suggest riders tackling the longer rides start earlier in the day.

The riding fee is $25 for a 25-mile ride, and $45 for the others. The fee includes a T-shirt, snacks, drinks and lunch, with remaining proceeds going to the club's fundraising effort.

The shirts have been printed with a "Tour de Frog" logo designed by club member John Lonai, a senior at Mac-Hi.

Money raised from the event will be used to send club members to the Technology Student Association national convention in Washington, D.C., later in the school year.

Last year's race raised $1,000, which combined with other fundraisers was enough to send seven club members to the capital to compete in a variety of events.

As the only TSA students from Oregon at the convention last year, the students were able to compete as state officers.

Maria Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com

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