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DOTHAN (March 4, 2013) – Hundreds of cyclists from across the Southeast will roll out of the Dothan Civic Center (126 N. St. Andrews St.) at 7 a.m., Saturday, April 6 when the 11th Annual TriStates 100 gets underway. The popular ride supports The Dawn Pitchford Fund at Children’s of Alabama.
Online registration is available immediately at www.tristates100.com. Riders may also register the day of the ride between 6 and 6:45 a.m.
The TriStates 100 Century is a 104-mile ride that spans three states – Alabama, Georgia and Florida – and presents riders with a challenging, but not difficult course. Serious cyclists will be delighted to know that the TriStates 100 has recently been designated as a part of the 10 event Alabama Backroads Century Ride Series. Those who complete the ride will be awarded a “Centurion Finisher’s Medal” and, upon completion of at least three other sanctioned century rides, will receive a commemorative embroidered patch from Alabama Backroads. The TriStates 100 is the first century ride in the series.
Riders may opt to participate in the 25-mile TriLoop, the new 45-mile Distance Course or the 62-mile Metric Century courses that loop through scenic southeastern Alabama. Finishers of the shorter routes will receive a finisher’s medal. More information about the event is available at www.tristates100.com or by calling 334/678-9039.
The Dawn Pitchford Fund and the TriStates 100 were established 11 years ago in memory of the 14-year-old who lost her fight against acute myelogenous leukemia. More than 300 cyclists participated in the 2012 ride, raising more than $22,000. The fund benefits The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s, where 90 percent of the children in Alabama who are diagnosed with cancer or serious blood disorders are treated. Last year, children in the Wiregrass region made 5,800 visits to Children’s for treatment for a wide variety of injuries and illnesses.
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. For the past three years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past three years by US News & World Report. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.