For Gia Roberts of Hazel Crest, the highlight of the Bike the Gem community ride on Saturday, Aug. 7, was the people along the route who cheered the riders and offered them bottles of water on a hot day.
"At that 10-mile mark I was like 'I'm not going to make it,'" Roberts said. "They were cheering you on. They were standing out there saying, 'You can do it!'"
Bike the Gem is a preview and promotion for the Hidden Gem Half Marathon, which will be run on Sept. 11, giving non-runners in the community a chance to see the route and connect with each other.