LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Saturday was the 29th annual Tour LaFitte in downtown Lake Charles.
The race benefits the Southwest Louisiana Special Olympics.
Hundreds of cyclists from all over SWLA participate in the race, riding anywhere from 10 to 60 miles.
Julie Montague, the Southwest Area Director for the Special Olympics, says funding from this race is critical.
“It’s tough these days, providing the financial part of these games,” Montague said. “So, Tour Lafitte has been with us for many years, they’ve helped with so many areas."
Funding not only helps athletes participate in local games, but also state, national and world games.
Some of Saturday’s riders knew the importance of raising money for the Special Olympics, because they participate in them.
“It’s to help us raise the money, and put it in for us, and it helps us really out a lot," said Bradley Bryant, a Southwest Louisiana Special Olympics competitor.
A check for $20,000 was presented to the Special Olympics after the race.