For the last 10 years, an event called 24 Hours of Booty has raised over 3.7 million dollars to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation and other local charities, including yours truly, the Ulman Cancer Fund. This year we will once again be a beneficiary of this amazing organization!
So what’s with the booty?
Spencer Lueders, a Charlotte, N.C., attorney and cyclist, founded 24 Hours of Booty in 2002. It all started in 2001 when Spencer and his father rode 470 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway (NC) over the course of 5 days. Having always been a Lance Armstrong fan, this was Spencer’s way of honoring the athlete, since this was the same place he had been reborn into his professional career after cancer.
You may be surprised to find out that Spencer is not a cancer survivor and has no history of it in his immediate family either. He simply wanted to do something (something BIG) for a good cause and show his support in the cancer community.
He returned to his home in Charlotte and wanted to continue the momentum from this event. As he was riding what is known as the “Booty Loop,” (a 3 mile circuit for cyclists and runners)…the idea hit him! 24 Hours of Booty! He would get as many riders together as he could to ride the Booty Loop in a 24 hour period. In 2002 the first annual 24 Hours of Booty launched with Spencer riding 312 miles solo on the Booty Loop.
That was 10 years ago. Now this simple concept has expanded to 3 cities (Atlanta, Charlotte, and COLUMBIA!), with more than 6,500 riders have raising over $3.7 million for cancer research and survivorship since booty’s inception in 2002!
This year the BOOTY event in Columbia will take place August 27-28 from 2:00pm to 2:00pm at the 2.1 mile Gateway Loop. Interested in getting involved? Here’s the deal:
- You can join as an individual (but what’s the fun in that?)
- You can start or join a TEAM!
- Each person on a TEAM is responsible for raising $200
- You ride as little or as much as you want!
There are 5 team being put together through UCF and you are welcome to join! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in getting involved and joining any of these teams! Happy Riding!