Downtown bicycle ride helps military members

About 1,400 people participated in the 2015 Le Tour de Fort through downtown on Saturday May, 30, 2015.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Le Tour de Fort started seven years ago before Joe Wasson went to serve in Iraq. A group of about 30 friends decided throw a bicycle ride as a going away party with stops along the way to some local bars.

After all this time, friends and community members are still getting together once a year for the event that now raises funds for different organizations that help raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

This year, more than 1,400 people signed up for Le Tour de Fort. The goal was to raise $10,000 for K9s for Warriors, an organization that provides service men and women suffering from things including PTSD with a service dog. As of Saturday morning, the organization had exceeded its goal and raised more than $15,000. The additional funding will be donated to K9s for Warriors.

Participants met at Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot around noon and rode to Hall’s restaurant The Deck.

From there riders were encouraged to go to several bars and restaurants in downtown and then meet back at the bike depot for an outdoor concert at 8 p.m. While storms are expected in the area Saturday night, organizers won’t make a decision about continuing the concert until later in the afternoon.

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