Cyclists ride for 24 straight hours for CASA

Photo shows the CASA Cycling Challenge held at Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette, Ind. (WLFI Photo)
Photo shows the CASA Cycling Challenge held at Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette, Ind. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Dozens of riders gathered at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Saturday, some in more festive garb than others.

“I’m wearing a tutu because I like to do stunts to help raise money,” said cyclist Sean Mclane.

It was all for the eighth annual CASA Cycle Challenge. It’s a 24-hour bike ride benefiting the CASA for Kids Fund, which helps enrich the lives of abused and neglected children in Tippecanoe County.

“There are over 300 children in the system right now, in the court system through no fault of their own,” said CASA Kids Fund founder Patti O’Callaghan. “They need someone looking out for their best interest.”

Cyclists raised money for the event, which goes toward things like haircuts and clothing for CASA children.

Mclane did his fundraising in a different way, telling friends that for every $10 donated he’d wear his tutu for one mile.

“Therefore, I’m going to be wearing this tutu for 32 miles because I raised $320,” said Mclane.

Cyclists began at noon Saturday and will bike around the two-mile test track at SIA until noon Sunday.

For riders like Mclane, it’s all about having fun while giving back to those who need it most.

“This is a really good cause, and so it lets me be a crazy person and do my passion of bike riding and have fun with a bunch of friends,” said Mclane.

Last year, about $76,000 was raised for our local CASA program. O’Callaghan said by the time the race started this year, they’d already hit the $82,000 mark.

If you missed Saturday’s event, but would still like to donate to the Tippecanoe County CASA, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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