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2009 Spring Fever Bike Ride deemed ‘a great success’

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Pilot Club of Sulphur Springs has declared its 8th Annual Spring Fever Bike Ride “a great success.” Overall, about 315 riders registered to participate in the 12-, 22-, 42- and 53-mile routes for the annual spring event Saturday.

Riders came from Sulphur Springs and Cumby; nearby Greenville, Paris, Texarkana, Pittsburg, Dallas-Fort Worth area and Bogota; and from as far away as Houston, Waxahachie and Ashdown, Ark., and Tulsa, Moyers and Stillwater, Okla.

The youngest rider was 12 year-old Kaylee Fitzgerald from Garland. Kaylee registered for the 42-mile ride along with her dad, Patrick. The most senior rider was 79 year-old Andy Brock from Coppell, who registered for the 22-mile ride.

Pilot Club recognized a male and female in each route, except the 12-mile ride, who finished first. Dylan Rutherford of Sulphur Springs was the first to complete the 12-mile ride, with a time of 45 minutes. The first place finishers in the 22-mile ride were Patrick Jumper of Plano with a time of 1 hour, 6 minutes, and Mary Granfield of Greenville, 1 hour, 18 minutes. Mark Agee and Leigh Carr, both of Dallas, came in first in the 42-mile race. Both completed the ride in 1 hour, 57 minutes. Finishing first in the big ride, the 53-mile stretch, were Joey Spragins of Rockwall in 2 hours, 25 minutes and Ginny King of Dallas in 2 hours, 31 minutes.

Pilot Club members hosted six rest stops along the routes for the riders with one every 8 to 10 miles providing rest rooms, fruit, drinks, homemade cookies and other goodies. Rest stops were located at RK Hall Construction, Divide Baptist Church, Miller Grove school, Brashear Baptist Church, Gafford Chapel Methodist Church and Peerless Baptist Church.

Pilot Club members and community volunteers manned wagons along the routes to provide mechanical and medical assistance for the riders as needed. Sulphur Springs Police Department, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and the Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services provided professional support along the routes.

After the ride, participants were treated to Hopkins County Stew (chicken and beef) cooked on Hopkins County Regional Civic Center grounds Saturday morning by the following volunteers: Judy Gregg and family; Steve Littlefield; Tom and Gladys Howell; Marie Chester and Patricia Dorner; Katie and Don Patterson, and Linda Hinton; Charlie Vaughn; Donnie & Connie Powers; and James and Tonya Ross. Entertainment was provided by local favorites The Campfire Cowboys.

— Information compiled by Tina Phillips, Pilot Club of Sulphur Springs.




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