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

Cyclist seeks to break record for BCH children

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

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


“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


BCH was established Nov. 11,

1885, with its first campus in Thomasville. Today, BCH provides residential

homes in 18 communities across the state.