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2003 RRRR
Carolina blue skies and bright sunshine greeted the 78 riders in the 2003 Rollin' Round the River Ride Saturday, September 13th. The ride raised over $1,300 for the Special Olympics athletes of Wilkes County. Riders ranged in age from 13 to 72 and came from as far away as Wilmington to enjoy the tour through the upper Yadkin valley. World Games gold medalist Chris Clarida led the peloton across W. Kerr Scott Dam at the start of the ride. Chris rode 40 miles during RRRR 2003; he was one of several riders to set a personal distance record during the event. And speaking of records, participation in the ride set a record, with more than twice as many riders as the inaugural event in 2002. Thanks, everyone!

Riders take off across W. Kerr Scott Dam
BMCC president Dwight Levi chats with Chris
Hangin' out at Fort Defiance
Cruisin' toward Happy Valley
The leaders of the pack
Chris with BMCC's Lonny Bumgarner
"Howdy, y'all!"
On the homeward stretch
Paceline powers past a pasture
Mike Smithey's lo-o-o-o-ng wheelbase bike

Thanks to...

Brushy Mountain Water Company
Cheek's Market
The Dawg Dodgers  
Lowe's Foods
McAllister's
Jeff McNeal and Paceline Bicycles
Parker's Orchard
Bill Lyons
Chris and Diane Rowland
Edith Carter of Whippoorwill Academy and Village
Becky Phillips of Fort Defiance
R.G. Absher of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir
Special Olympics volunteers Susan Allen, Brenda Clarida, Jonathan, Ken and Tonya Goss and Chris and Diane Rowland
Community volunteers Beth Levi and Heather Murphy
BMCC volunteers Nick Cheek, Dwight Levi and Steve Britton
All our riders!