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Cycle with Pro-Tem Mayor in Upcoming Lake Perris Bike Ride

Perris Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough completes the Tour de Perris in 2012. Yarbrough on Sept. 7 will be leading a ride around the Lake Perris State Recreation Area. Perris Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough completes the Tour de Perris in 2012. Yarbrough on Sept. 7 will be leading a ride around the Lake Perris State Recreation Area.

The upcoming bicycle ride at the Lake Perris State Recreation Area serves two purposes.

The 13-mile around the popular recreation spot continues the Live Well Perris initiative, a healthy eating active living program that has attracted more than 2,000 residents to a series of events this summer. Those included a health fair, a walk with Mayor Daryl Busch, a series of zumba, tabata, hula-hooping and other aerobics classes with City Council members, a “Biggest Loser Perris” weight-loss competition and a hike at Lake Perris led the Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough.

Yarbrough also will be suiting up for the Sept. 7 ride at the Lake, part of the continuing “Step Out to Work Out” aspect of the Live Well Perris effort. He calls the Lake Perris ride a great warm-up to the Tour de Perris cycling event scheduled a month later.

The Tour de Perris features several routes, including a 100-miler that attracts top cyclists from California and beyond. Yarbrough has taken part in the first two Tour de Perris rides and says the jaunt around Lake Perris is excellent preparation for the bigger contest.

“It’s great to be able to get out and participate with members of the public at events that contribute to their health and well-being,” Yarbrough said. “We want to see people get out and exercise because of the benefits they receive.”

Yarbrough is encouraging anyone who wants to ride the 100-mile or 62-mile courses in the Tour de Perris to take the ride at Lake Perris next month.

“You want to train yourself so that you finish those rides and not be in pain afterwards,” he said.

But the Lake Perris ride also is helpful to riders who plan the less strenuous 30-mile and 8-mile courses, he said.

Like his City Council colleagues, Yarbrough has been a staunch supporter of the Live Well Perris initiative. Since the initiative began about two months ago, Yarbrough said he has seen more people than ever walking, hiking and bicycling around his neighborhood. He hopes that Perris residents are taking the Live Well Perris program to heart by exercising, eating better, reducing sugary drinks and quitting smoking.

“I hope the message is getting out,” he said.

The Lake Perris ride with the Mayor Pro-Tem takes place at 9 a.m. on Sept. 7 and begins in Lots 11/12 at the State Recreation Area., 17801 Lake Perris Drive, Perris, 92571. The trail will be marked at intervals showing mileage along the way. Riders will be encouraged to do their best and will be able turn back at any stage along the way.  Perris City staff will assist participants during the ride.