Tuesday, July 12, 2016

#424 24 Hours of Booty

When you hear or see the phrase, “24 Hours of Booty”, what comes to your mind?  One response I heard was, “They’re advertising for ass??!” 

The first time I saw anything related to 24 Hours of Booty, it was a water bottle my former boss was given.  It was white with an orange accent color and had a cool logo.  The name sounded cool to me.  And I like orange.  I soon learned that it is a cancer fundraising event that started in Charlotte, North Carolina.  It has expanded to have rides in Columbia, Maryland and Indianapolis.

Last fall a former co-worker emailed me and said he was the newly-named executive director of this event.  He eventually met with me and other biking co-workers and we decided to form a team. 

The event takes place during a 24-hour period of time.  You do NOT have to ride your bike for 24 hours.  Booty comes in because the original route in Charlotte was called the “booty loop.” 

Money raised goes to local cancer organizations that support those diagnosed.  It does not go to research, but other things like helping with transportation, etc. 

You can ride by yourself, but most do it as a team.  Our team consisted of five people (which dropped to four riders due to unforeseen circumstances).  Each person on the team signs up for the ride (paying a nominal fee) and then has to raise a minimum of $200.  That may sound like a lot, but after raising over $5,000 for the Leukemia Society’s Team In Training program, that is a drop in the bucket.  I sent one email to 65 people and reached my minimum in less than 24 hours.  I then got greedy and “doubled” my goal to $500.  Then moved it to $,1000.  I ended up with $902.  Not too shabby!

From there you decide how many miles you want to ride.  Indianapolis has a “closed” 3.5-mile loop around the Butler-Tarkington area.  There is a central site (Bootyville) where you can pitch a tent (luckily my team had one person who lived inside the loop and that became our own Bootyville).  We did have a sun tent and some chairs so we could take breaks in comfort.  Meals and snacks are also provided. 

Booty start
Cutest girl on the kid ride!
We rode from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and then were back at it at 8 a.m. the next day, riding until 2:30 p.m.  Lisa and I rode 101 miles total.  The other two teammates rode between 50 and 70 miles.  A great effort with virtually no training! 

The neighborhood is very festive and supportive during the ride, with several yard parties.  Some even gave free beer to riders.  One of my teammates stopped and they told him to write his name on his red solo cup for subsequent laps. 

Ben refueling
Teammate Lisa and her neighbors

Ben's selfie (photo bomb in the back right!)
During the ride a man rode up next to me and said I had too many names on the back of my jersey.  So true!  It’s very sobering to think about all the names out there, and also to know that one of my own teammates was recently diagnosed.  

Thanks to everyone who donated or sent good vibes our way.  If you’re interested in doing this next year, get your booty out there and do it!  

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