Cyclists at the starting line at Camp Twin Lakes last weekend. Photo by Leila Dycus

Cyclists at the starting line at Camp Twin Lakes last weekend. Photo by Leila Dycus

By Leila Dycus, Intern

Camp Twin Lakes was overtaken by cyclists this past weekend, racking up miles and raising money to send kids to camp.

More than 800 bike riders made their way to Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge this past weekend, Oct. 19 and 20. The riders were at the camp to participate in the Eighth Annual Spin for Kids event.

Camp Twin Lakes is a place where children with serious illnesses and disabilities can come and have a summer camp experience of their own. With the help of sponsors, all the money raised from the Spin for Kids event is able to go directly to Camp Twin Lakes, allowing the camp to cover 80 percent of each camper’s cost.

Team tents lined the center of camp, ranging in colors and names. Sponsors set up their own booths welcoming the bikers and their families and showing their support for Camp Twin Lakes. A large start sign was draped across the cul-de-sac by the welcome center, marking the starting line.

The mornings started early, around 8 a.m., depending on the length of the ride. Special Events Coordinator Caitlin Still welcomed riders and told them how much money they had raised. By the time the 47-mile division made it to the starting line, the event had raised enough money to send 375 kids to camp.

Participants’ families and friends were able to take part in different activities that camp offers the kids. The afternoon was dedicated to celebrating the day’s achievements complete with a music, food and fun.

In all 840 riders participated, and a total of $370,000 was raised.