Cyclist seeks to break record for BCH children
    August 25 2010 by BCH Communications

    Endurance cyclist and Bakersville resident Chris Boone will attempt to break the North Carolina cross-state record by pedaling his bicycle 564 miles in less than 40 hours Sept. 7-9.

    In addition to his goal to set a new record, Boone is using the opportunity to raise support for the boys and girls living at Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH).

    “Chris’ efforts are an inspiration to every child and every staff member at Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina,” said BCH President Michael C. Blackwell. “This ride is a testament of will, desire and the incredible lengths one is willing to undertake to make a difference in the lives of children.”

    BR file photo by Norman Jameson

    Chris Boone

    Boone’s endeavor is being promoted as “RideNC2010” and is organized as a part of BCH’s 125th anniversary. He will leave the post office in the mountains of Murphy and travel non-stop to his finishing destination of Manteo located at the Outer Banks.

    Boone currently holds the city-to-city/point-to-point record, as certified by the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association, for riding the 470-mile length of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Cherokee, N.C., to Rockfish Gap, Va., in 29 hours and 36 minutes.

    “I believe God has given me a gift for riding a bike, and I don’t want to use that gift selfishly,” said Boone, 44, a member of Rebels Creek Baptist Church. “I hope the children at Baptist Children’s Homes are inspired to find their own gift, run with it, and use it to make themselves better.”

    As Boone trains for the ride, BCH staff is securing RideNC2010 sponsors hoping to raise $250,000 or more. BCH operates residential homes in 18 communities across the state.

    “I hope everyone who hears about Chris’ efforts will root for him, pray for him, and show financial support by becoming a RideNC2010 sponsor,” Blackwell said. “It is through that financial support that we can offer hope and healing to Baptist Children’s Homes’ boys and girls.”

    Boone’s riding team will include as many as 20 support staff members and a caravan of vehicles. One of his most important team members is his wife Lisa who is director of nursing for Hospice of Mitchell County. She will oversee her husband’s health and nutrition along the ride literally handing him food and beverage through her vehicle window while he is cycling.

    “She was with me for my Parkway ride and knows what it takes for me to get across the state,” Boone said. “My riding team will experience everything I experience and be right there with me.

    “They will be my family during the ride.”

    To meet the time goal of less than 40 hours Boone must maintain an average cycling speed of 15 mph through both mountains and flats. This includes all scheduled stops for quick bike maintenance, bathroom breaks, and a clean change of clothes. At that rate Boone would complete the ride in approximately 36 hours.

    At ride’s end, Boone hopes he will be hold a new cycling record, but most of all he hopes his efforts will succeed in transforming lives.

    “I want the children to see that there are people out there who are willing to help them by stepping up to meet their needs,” Boone said.

    To support Boone’s efforts call Ride-NC2010 coordinator Lewis Smith at (828) 421-9300 or give online at Baptist Children’s Homes will provide updated news and information during the ride on its page on Facebook. Every 10 minutes the radio will send GPS coordinates of Boone’s current location allowing individuals with internet access to track his whereabouts at the following web site.   

    What is RideNC2010?
    Chris Boone, below, plans to break a state cycling record by traveling 564 miles on bicycle from the North Carolina mountains to the coast in less than 40 hours. He hopes his efforts will raise at least $250,000 to help children living at Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina’s (BCH) statewide homes. Chris’ ride, named “RideNC2010,” is a part of Baptist Children’s Homes year-long 125th anniversary celebration. BCH was established Nov. 11, 1885, with its first campus in Thomasville. Today, BCH provides residential homes in 18 communities across the state.  
    8/25/2010 5:17:00 AM by BCH Communications | with 1 comments

ronnie boone
Chris;You are a Brave Young Man, And what a statement for Your Faith In God.I was happy to here Your comment that You could ride 200 miles but Your Faith In our Savior and Our Lord were going to have to do the rest.This is not only Talking the Talk but Walking the walk.In your case Rideing the Ride.What a great statement not only of You but Your hole Famly.Gods Speed.
Your Friend Ronnie
8/30/2010 5:53:07 PM

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