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      Columbia hosting youth bike-a-thon tour

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      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A 10-city bike tour aimed at tackling childhood obesity is rolling into Columbia.

      City officials say Columbia is hosting Youth Emporium's Big Ten Bike-A-Thon Tour on Tuesday and Wednesday.

      The tour's mission is to develop a base of community partnerships to share ideas, create new outreach strategies and ultimately prepare children for a long, healthy life.

      The two-day event features a variety of activities including a bike contest and cooking demonstrations at locations throughout Columbia. Information and registration can be found at www.columbiasc.net .

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