Going the Distance: Ultra-Cyclist Rides to Support Wounded Vets

Just set a distance/speed record in Ohio to call attention to those with traumatic brain injuries like his son suffered serving in Iraq.

For most of us, a day of biking is a leisurely pedal around the park. For Doug Chivington it was a 207 mile cross-state trek to break a record, and raise awareness and money for military men and women who come home from combat with traumatic brain injuries.

Leaving Cincinatti before dawn. Team Chivington Facebook page

Chivington is from Bellefontaine, OH. He spent his September 11th "ultracycling," or endurance cycling, setting the speed record for his age group (50-59) as recognized by the World UltraCycling Association by riding from the Cincinnati Zoo to the Toledo Zoo in less than 13 hours. His wife followed along with camera rolling, starting with the pre-dawn send off, through an interview with a reporter in Lima, to the finish a little over 12 hours later:

Chivington rides to raise money for the Resurrecting Lives Foundation , an advocacy group for veterans recovering from traumatic brain injury. His son suffered a traumatic brain injury in an IED attack in Iraq while serving in the Army. I'm super-sensitive to what it takes to get back to normal life because of his emotional and physical support needs," Chivington told the Columbus Dispatch. The Dispatch reports, Chivington's son eventually recovered from his injury and is now married and working in law enforcement.

Team Chivington! Team Chivington Facebook page

Chivington told he chose to ride on September 11 because many veterans decided to join the military after the 9/11 attacks. Next year, he plans to ride four ultra-distance events and raise at least $50,000 for the foundation. He told the Dispatch the pain and solitude of ultracycling reminds him of what it takes to recover from a traumatic brain injury.

"You have ups and downs. You have to keep at it."

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