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Fourth Annual Capitol Classic Bike Race for Autism Awareness
Date:7/22/2009

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Fraser:

What: Capitol Classic: A Bicycle Ride and Race for Autism Awareness

The Fourth Annual Capitol Classic Charity Bicycle event taking place on the streets surrounding the Minnesota State Capitol. The goal of the Capitol Classic is to raise awareness and funds for autism services provided through Fraser and the Autism Society of Minnesota. Professional cyclists compete for cash prizes while raising awareness for local autism services.

Visual: Come see competitive cyclists biking around the grounds of the beautiful State Capitol. Children of all ages and abilities will join in for the charity race that will include strollers, tricycles and bicycles. Families can enjoy live music, food, biking and a wide variety of children activities, including inflatables, clowns, balloons, face painting and a children's bicycle obstacle course. Mascots and cycling fans from near and far can cheer on the professional cyclists and join in the fun.

When: Sunday, July 26, 2009, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Professional level cycling around the Minnesota State Capitol grounds
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Music
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wide variety of food and refreshments including Jamba Juice
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Minnesota Twins TC Bear mascot
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Face painting, Balloons, moonwalk and cool clowns.
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fun area featuring activities for all ages
  • 10:45 a.m. Charity Fun Ride (all ages, abilities and disabilities)
  • 11:15 a.m. Kids ride (2-10 years-old)

Everyone is encouraged to stay all day to watch several championship level bike races scheduled throughout the event. Free parking and free admission. For more information about race times, registration fees, prizes and donations visit www.bikeforautism.org.

Interviews:

  • Fraser autism experts
  • Jay Dworsky, Event Promoter and father of a son with autism
  • Diane S. Cross, Fraser president and CEO

Where: The streets surrounding Minnesota's State Capitol in St. Paul.

More: Autism is the fastest growing disability in the U.S., 1 in 150 American children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Early intervention is extremely important for children with autism. Fraser is a Minnesota nonprofit with a nationally renowned reputation, serving children and adults with special needs. This multi-faceted human service organization provides direct services, information and support in the areas of education, housing and healthcare. Fraser serves children with developmental disabilities; children who are at risk for abuse and neglect; children with autism and severe emotional and behavioral disorders; and adults with developmental disabilities. Fraser is Minnesota's longest-running, largest provider of autism services. For more information, call 612-861-1688 or visit www.fraser.org.

Note to editor: Don't miss competitive cyclists biking past the Minnesota State Capitol building and fun activities for the entire family!


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