Litehouse Foods recently participated in a local fundraiser that supports children with autism and their families. The fundraiser was a bicycle fun ride coordinated by CHAFE 150 that benefitted the Lake Pend Oreille School District. Litehouse Foods donated truck service; 108 bikes were picked up in Sandpoint, ID and gently transported 80 miles away to the starting point in Troy, Montana so that riders could begin the ride. The bicycle ride is known for its camaraderie among riders and fun stops along the way. The ride was timed and riders interested in competing were encouraged to do so. Riders are able to ride as individuals or register as five person teams. Some participants were riding the course as part of a unique triathlon made up of three separate events, called The TriSandpoint.
Bicycle riders were provided food and Hammer nutrition products to keep them fueled and hydrated. Ice cream bars were included. Top fundraisers were awarded great prizes. View the prize awards here. Jason Duchow captured outstanding images of the CHAFE 150. You can see his galleries at JasonDuchowPhotography.com. View video of 2012 ride. CHAFE 150 is one of the many community events Litehouse Foods participates in every year. Autism typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism currently impacts 1 in 88 children, and studies show that autism is four to five times more common in boys than girls. By way of comparison, more children are diagnosed with autism each year than with juvenile diabetes, AIDS or cancer, combined. Read more about autism at the Autism Speaks website: www.autismspeaks.org and The Northwest Autism Center: www.nwautism.org.