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AUSTIN EDITION Bike-a-thon to be May 14

From staff reports

More than 200 students who are part of the drug-free club W.O.R.D. (We Oppose and Resist Drugs) will raise money through May as part of the second annual Austin Rotary Club bike-a-thon.

The club began with 20 members in its first year and now has more than 200.

The bike-a-thon will begin at 9:30 a.m. May 14 and will be a 10-kilometer ride from Packer Arena along the Austin Bike Trail through Todd Park. It will end back at the arena.

Every rider who raises $25 will receive a T-shirt with the bike-a-thon's 2005 logo. For $50, the student will receive a personalized T-shirt.

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Raising up to $125 will mean a chaperoned trip to Kalahari Water Park in Wisconsin Dells.

The top three students who raise more than $200 also can win a choice of a mountain bike or BMX bike from Rydjor Bike Shop in Austin, a $125 certificate for Oak Park Mall, or $125 in Austin Chamber bucks.

Members of the club sign a contract pledging to be drug-free and good role models. The club meets weekly and is open to all students at Ellis Middle School.

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