Area Cyclists pedal for Vivian

By WEEK Producer

July 20, 2013 Updated Jul 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, IL--Area cyclists are pedaling toward a life-changing victory, inspired by Vivian Weeks. Weeks was just 4 and a half months old when she suffered from a stroke. Her father says, the incredible care she received while at the Children's Hospital of Illinois was the inspiration for the event.

Nearly 100 participants raced their bikes Saturday morning through Washington. Races varied from 10 to 100 miles, all raising money for the Children's Hospital of Illinois. Pay It Forward Racing hosted the event, with donated food coming from Avanti's.

Joe Dries with Pay It Forward said, "Some times people have a hardship that really effects them and others around them, and they can't really support themselves. That's why we have places like the Children's home or the Dax foundation. Any chance you have to get out, exercise, and give back to the community that would be... I'd say... The best thing you can do."

Next month, Washington will host the 'Tri for Dax' at the Five Points Washington. It is the city's first triatholon, and all proceeds will go to the Dax Locke Foundation.

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