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BIRMINGHAM – The 15th Annual TriStates 100 Century bike ride in Dothan surpassed expectations as its best event yet. Despite the gloomy weather forecast, the ride broke attendance records with 425 riders from 10 states.
The ride on June 3 featured 100, 70, 41 and 27-mile routes and is the only one in the area that spans three states (Alabama, Florida and Georgia). This year, nearly 70 percent of the riders completed the 100-mile century route.
“Every year the TriStates 100 is a labor of love,” said ride director Joe Varner. “This year was our 15th anniversary and we are so proud of how the event came together.”
The bike ride raised more than $40,000, exceeding last year’s event total. Proceeds from this event go toward the Dawn Pitchford Fund, which benefits the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama. These funds are dedicated to helping with the non-medical needs of children with cancer.
“There are always obstacles for us, but when those situations arise, we think about those that we are trying to help,” said Varner. “Their obstacles are mountainous compared to the minor inconveniences that we encounter.”
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at childrensal.org.