Friday, September 14, 2012

2012 Wheelathon

 The day of the annual Wheel-a-thon, a fundraiser for the Baker/Garrison schools started out with rain all night and a forecast of thunderstorms for the morning. We were a little nervous about if we'd be able to do the event. As the kids lined up, you can see all the jackets. They were ready!

 Fortunately patches of blue sky allowed the sun to come down. The kids got their bikes ready. The K-2 students were planning to ride eight miles, while the 3-6 students would ride sixteen miles.

 It wasn't a race, as the kids stopped every mile for a snack and a mark, but they were eager to go!

 Little Neto was on the smallest bike, with twelve inch tires. He had to do a lot more pedaling than everyone else. Plus he had training wheels adding friction. Nonetheless, he was a trooper and kept on going. Parents (and younger siblings) rode along to encourage the kids.

 One challenge was a cattle guard. Some of the students had no idea what to do.

 June had to repeat the rules of it not being a race, as the kids were just ready to zoom!

 Near mile marker two we met the bik kids coming from the opposite direction.

 All the kids gathered for a photo.

 A little further on, Charlie and Nomi found this horned lizard.

 It started sprinkling on us as we continued, but that didn't dampen anyone's spirits.

It turned out to be a wonderful day for the Wheel-a-thon, complete with some big puddles to make the views even more interesting. Thanks to all who pledged students, helped organize it, and rode!

1 comment:

  1. This is so inspirational and congratulations to all of the kids! I'm trying to organize one of these for our school to help raise awareness on the importance of physical fitness and also raise money to help bring in activities that promote overall health. Thanks for posting!