’08

The In Memory of Kristen Weaver team raised $7,890 this year!!

A special thanks goes to Ray Matheny for providing the goal crushing donation!

That puts the 5 year total over $50,000.

Congratulations Kristen, I love you and miss you.

This event has grown so much in 5 years. In 2004 the Start/Finish banner was held up by 2 ladders. This year the event was the most professional and well organized event I’ve ever done. Congratulations to Spenser, Patti, Kim and the entire staff.

During a 4am conversation with executive director Patti Weiss, she implied that the ‘In Memory of Kristen Weaver’ supporters were instrumental to the growth of the event. I spent a couple of laps thinking about her words and how I needed to pass them them on to you. Congratulations! I always believed that Spencer was on to something special; the event raised close to a MILLION dollars this year!

Our 6-man team kept a rider out there for the entire 24 hours. I just found out today that the 8am hour was fully covered. Just before Rollin and I retired for the morning, Ted had already taken over, his shift was overlapped by Mike then Jeff then Rollin, Kevin and I to the finish. NICE and STRONG.

The Team (Tony, Chris and Kevin were sorely missed!):

Me/Weldon (5th year):

With your support, I raised over $5,000 of the team total. This year I really stepped up my training and was arguably in the best form of my life. I commuted to work daily, trained on the Booty Loop a couple of evenings per week and did challenging 60+ mile rides on the weekends [including Dallas and Morrow Mt]. During the 24 hour event I rode a personal best of 250 miles; 50 of those miles aboard a fixed-gear/single speed 42×15 in a light rain. That’s over 17 hours of riding the loop. I rode with the team, training partners, old friends and new friends and alone. My parents and Kristen’s father John provided the cheering. It was another unbelievable success! Thank you for your contribution!

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Kevin M. (4th year):

Kevin raised a ton of funds this year. His training in the mountainous Todd, NC area paid many dividends. Kevin put his miles in the hard way; on a mountain bike. After all these years, I finally rode Kevin’s twilight miles with him. The course is not crowded and most of the riders out there ride about the same speed, so you can easily find yourself in the zone. Great job Kevin! Thanks to Susan and the kids for cheering us on!

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Ted (3rd year):

I work with Ted. Ted exceeded his fund raising goal this year and raised a personal best. I always get so motivated by his enthusiasm. He trained and covered all the details, including having his bike tuned by the one of the worlds’s best bike mechanics. Ted did the event despite a scheduled family vacation on Saturday. Thanks Ted. It was great to see Cindy and Jenna there to cheer him on.

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Jeff (3rd year):

Jeff got into town late Thursday night and got me drunk on Guinness (for strength). He registered late under a special VIP entry and donation. He always rides my old road bike, which I pimp out for him each year. This year he rolled on a set of Rolf Vector Pros; the bike looked SO fast. He rode, he made friends, he told stories and he kept me company around the clock.

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Mike (3rd year):

Mike recovered from back surgery just in time for a couple of training rides. He went from not being able to sit to riding the 24 Hours of Booty in a handful of weeks. He was so excited after his Saturday ride; I believe he reclaimed his vitality. Mike gets motivated, takes care of the details and stays in good contact. He’d make a good captain, I can see myself joining his team someday.

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Rollin (5th year):

I spent more time on the loop with Rollin this year than all other years combined, including the rainy twilight and the dawns early light. Rollin checked his bike lap after lap as we approached the girls at Whitehall clanging those cowbells, “Oh good, it’s not my bike, it’s the cowbells again.” I know he rode a ton of miles. His Saturday afternoon miles were motivated by his wife and baby daughter blowing him kisses each lap.

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The Support Team:

John (3th year):

John came early and helped me set up the tent. He cheered and kept me motivated around the clock. His sleeping accommodations in my weight room/bike shop/kitchen remodeling junk pile provided him with the motivation to stay out and cheer all night…besides how many of Jeff’s ‘glory days’ stories can I guy take in one night? I was so glad that he made the trip. Introducing him to folks as “Kristen’s father from Florida” legitimizes the whole program. I not just a guy raising money, I’m not just a guy riding hundreds of miles…this is about remembering Kristen.

Sal and Lisa (2nd year):

This was my parents second year at the event. They got me so motivated. My dad kept me laughing the whole time…I’d ride by and he’d snap the picture then I’d hear “Oohh crap, he was too close that time!” or “OOhh SHIT, he was going to fast!“…seriously…EVERY lap, it was so funny. My mom kept me fueled with creative vegan variations of brown rice pasta dishes full of love.

One Response to ’08

  1. Lisa says:

    Weldon,
    What a great update. I’m still teary eyed. You make us so proud.
    I loved all of your comments and I’m glad you included Patti’s words to you. Your hard work has made you stronger. I still can’t get over 250 miles. That’s more than from Orlando to Ft. Lauderdale. I think about it every time I drive it but it’s so hard to register. I can’t believe it. I guess a little part of me wants to spare you of the pain. Does that make sense?
    It has made my trip much easier for sure. Lots of Love, Mom

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