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DOTHAN (Feb. 7, 2012) – The 10th annual TriStates 100 bicycle ride rolls out Sunday, April 1 from the Wiregrass Museum of Art (126 Museum Avenue – Dothan, AL 36303). The ride benefits The Dawn Pitchford Fund at Children’s of Alabama.
Registration begins at 6 a.m. the day of the race. The ride begins at 7 a.m. Registration is also available online at www.tristates100.com.
The 100-mile TriStates 100 spans three states – Alabama, Georgia and Florida – and presents riders with a challenging, but not difficult course. Riders may opt to participate in the 25- and 62- mile courses that loop through scenic southeastern Alabama. More information is available at www.tristates100.com or by calling 334/678-9039.
The Dawn Pitchford Fund and the TriStates 100 were established 10 years ago in memory of the 14-year-old who lost her fight against acute myelogenous leukemia. Nearly 300 cyclists participated in the 2011 ride, raising more than $21,000. The fund benefits the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s, where 95 percent of the children in Alabama who are diagnosed with cancer are treated. Last year, children in the Wiregrass region made 5,601 visits to Children’s for treatment for a wide variety of injuries and illnesses.
Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—were recently ranked in the Top 50 Children’s Hospital Programs by US News & World Report. Children’s is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for its excellence of nursing care and it celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.