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100-mile ride for foster kids

100-mile ride for foster kids

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Posted By: Camila Orti

A Lincoln woman put 100 miles on her bicycle-elliptical hybrid today to benefit Nebraska foster children.

47-year-old Leigh Esau spent 12 hours on city trails Saturday, logging 103 miles to benefit her nonprofit, which provides free clothing and supplies to foster kids.

"I get a lot of looks and a lot of questions and a lot of, 'what in the world is that?'" Esau said.

Her bright green contraption is called an ElliptiGo. Esau says she wanted to use the attention it gets on the trails to help the foster care community.

"We need people to be aware that kids that come into care just really don't have everything immediately at their disposal," she said.

Esau founded the Foster Care Closet back in 2006. It's currently located near 25th and Randolph Street.

"While they're with us, we make sure that they're fed and that they leave with five new outfits of clothing," Esau said.

Esau says she's been training for this day since January. She split her route into five 20-mile loops that spanned from downtown to South Lincoln.

"The fourth lap I really started feeling it," Esau said. But she says the pain was worth it. A foster mom herself, the executive director says every child deserves a loving family.

"Hopefully now when people see this cool green bike they'll also think, 'oh wait a minute, that also goes with the Foster Care Closet,'" she said.

If you'd like to help the Foster Care Closet, they set up an online donation page. Esau says the goal is to raise more than $5,000. So far, about $1,000 have been donated.
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