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Local cyclist bikes for a cause

By Staff | May 9, 2018

David Harman of Hughesville prepares to participate in the 'Great Cycle Challenge," raising funds for children's cancer research.

HUGHESVILLE – Local cyclist, David Harman, is gearing up for bike riding in preparation for clocking many miles during June. Harmon’s intent is to help raise funds for children’s cancer research by registering for the fourth annual ‘Great Cycle Challenge.’

Harman is following the lead of friends in Mifflinburg who are avid bikers and participants of other sports. They often come for wintertime fun on the slopes along Harmon Road. “I took on the challenge from my friends as a reason to bike, and plan to outdo those flatlanders,” Harman chided.

“I’d ridden for charity several years ago and feel good about doing something worthwhile. I’ve always been interested in children,” said the biker, a certified lay youth leader.

Whatever mileage clocked in June goes to the cause. “I’m getting in shape by biking up Warn Hill on Route 118. The preparation is for a June 15 ride to Halifax to visit in-laws. There are a couple of hills on the way, so I figure if I can do Warn Hill, I’ll be okay,” Harman said.

He added that, “Mileage is clocked by an app. I ride an early 1990’s crossover bike capable for use on streets or dirt.” The organization has made it possible for riders to locate other in their areas so volunteers can participate in groups.

Founded in 2015, this year, Great Cycle Challenge USA hopes to register 48,000 cyclists with a goal of raising 5.5 million dollars. During the past three years, 76,000 cyclists participated raising 9 million dollars.

Donations can be forwarded to the organization’s website at www.greatcyclechallenge.com/riders/daveharman, or to learn more, contact the cyclist by email at harman_david@yahoo.com.

  • Cancer centers receiving aid include Baylor College of Medicine in Atlanta; Children’s Hospital of Atlanta in Egleston; Children’s Hospital of Los Angles; Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia; John Hopkins University, Philadelphia; Masonic Cancer Center of the University of Minnesota and others.