Tryon Rotary Club bike tour benefits many local children

Published 10:00 pm Monday, July 21, 2014

Recently, the Fabulous Fourth Bike Tour event was completed by the Rotary Club of Tryon.
Under the leadership of Rotarians Stacey Lindsay and Fred Hartley, many community members assisted the Rotary Club of Tryon. The event netted over $10,000 as 230 riders from as far away as Tennessee, Virginia, Utah and Illinois enjoyed a July 4 morning in the beautiful foothills.
Approximately 100 riders took the half metric (34-mile) route while the majority of riders took the metric (67-mile) route, which included riding up the Greenville, S.C. watershed. There were four people riding tandem bikes and Chad King completed the Y2 metric ride on an elliptical bike.
Two former co-workers, Tom Benim from Nashville, Tenn. and Jennifer Galvin, of Richmond, Va. enjoyed this “training event” preparing for their upcoming RAMROD (Ride Around Mt. Ranier in One Day) on July 31. RAMROD features 10,000 feet of climbing over 149 miles.
The proceeds of this Bike Tour benefit the Rotary Club of Tryon Children’s Fund, which includes RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) in Polk Central Elementary School. It also benefits the Gift of Life Program – a program which helps pay for expensive medical procedures for some children in the area.

– article submitted
by Judy Lair, President, Rotary Club of Tryon

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