Jason Trotta grew up as an overweight child and was referred to as the “big kid” for much of his life. Then about eight years ago, he decided to make a change. He started exercising and joined a weight-loss competition, eventually losing 130 pounds. Today, he is an avid triathlete, working to get kids and adults involved in these competitions. On Aug. 6, Trotta’s organizations Chucktown Triathletes and Tri4theKids are hosting the first Folly to Cali Ride for the Kids. The bike ride supports Louie’s Kids, a local nonprofit organization that raises money to help fight childhood obesity. “It is very close to home for me,” says Trotta. “It is my passion. My intent is to put on multiple events for Tri4theKids for various charities.” The ride begins at 8 a.m. at the Tides Beach Resort and makes a 25-mile loop through Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, finishing at California Dreaming in West Ashley. It is open to people of all ages and levels. While on the ride, participants collect cards at five stops, and the cards will add up to prizes that can be received at the finish line. After the race, there will be live music on California Dreaming’s back patio free of charge. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the post-race celebration, and a percentage of the sales will go back to Tri4theKids.