WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) — Cyclists are also gearing up for triple h and that includes riders from the Special Olympics area nine.
This organization represents the Special Olympics region of Wichita Falls.
This organization has competed in the Hotter’N Hell Hundred for the past ten years, and for the past few months they have been preparing by looking forward to the 25-mile endurance race.
Special Olympics Zone 9 cyclist Ronnie Baker said: “It makes you feel like you’re in a dream, you know it’s just the top of the world, you know what I mean .”
Runners from all over the world come to Wichita Falls for the Hotter’N Hell Hundred race, including professional cyclists, college students and even Special Olympics.
“It started in 2012, just on the criterium, then a few years later we started running the 10k, then we got most everyone to run 25 miles,” said coach Doug Carlile. of Area 9 Special Olympics. 100,000 again.
As most of these cyclists come for the glory of winning the race. Zone 9 Special Olympics will roll for a different purpose.
Baker said: “It means a lot because it’s more like therapy and I just enjoy that, getting out there and socializing with so many different people who come across the country to come to this ride and you can be with your teammates. and just have fun. It feels good because you know we have athletes who can’t do that, so what we do is we don’t ride for ourselves, we ride for them.
Their coach says it’s worth watching them persevere and see them finish the race.
Carlile said: “Yeah, you feel good to see them doing their best to get a medal, you know, helping them through their sorrows and their triumphs, it’s a good feeling.”
Some of the riders have experienced some of this stuff first hand.
Baker said: “It’s emotional a few years ago this guy donated a bike to me you talk about being emotional now you know I ride a rinky dinky bike and he’s like hey, here’s your new bike and I’m like wow.
The team is always looking for volunteers to train with the team, as it is a lot for some cyclists.
Baker said: “It just makes it so much more fun, we see them pull up in the parking lot, it was like, yeah look who here, you know, was so excited to have them with us and they’re more excited to be with us that we have them with us.
The coach says it’s hard to get the team ready for the race, but there’s one thing that drives him to pedal.
“The smile on their faces.”
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