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Ole Miss Partners with AMBUCS Inc. for AmTrykes in Action Race

The Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation at the University of Mississippi has partnered with the National AMBUCS Inc. to host the third annual AmTrykes in Action Race.

The goal for the race is to raise $10,000 in order to purchase AmTrykes from AMBUCS that will be donated to disabled veterans in the northern region of Mississippi and the Memphis area, said 2018 Race Director Mary Hamner.
“They are modified tricycles that are low impact and provide a new, safe outlet of outdoor recreation to adults with disabilities,” Hamner said.
The organization is currently racing for five veterans from the Memphis area along with two Ole Miss student veterans. It will also be donating three Trykes to the Student Veterans Association facility on campus in an effort to add more accessibility to the new facility that is currently being funded for.
The event has been held in the fall the last two years, but this year the organization wanted to test in the Spring in order to partner with the Military Appreciation efforts set forth by Ole Miss Baseball, Hamner said.
“We will be presenting two Trykes to two student veterans, Mike Watkins and Nicholas Roylance, during the 8th inning of the Friday, April 27 at the Ole Miss Baseball game versus LSU,” Hamner said.

Photo courtesy of University Communications.

The event which was originally scheduled for Sunday, April, 22 has been moved to Saturday, April, 21 due to inclement weather. Starting at 3:30 p.m., Memphis Bluegrass band will perform a lineup and will continue to play during the race which is set to start at 4 p.m.
The race will consist of 75 laps around the Lyceum Circle which totals 25 miles. Teams can consist of 8 people which allow for more involvement along with splitting up the distance.
“The veterans will be present during the race and will be able to take their Trykes home after the end of the race,” Hamner said.
AmTryke, LLC is fully owned and operated by National AMBUCS, Inc., a nationwide nonprofit charity dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.
“MBUCS believes the enjoyment and freedom of riding your own bike is something everyone should have the opportunity to experience,” Hamner said. “People who are unable to operate a traditional bike can now share this experience, thanks to the design of an AmTryke.”
The race is accepting up to 10-person teams per bikes for $100 per team. Those wishing to participate in the race can register here, Third Annual AmTrykes in Action Race.


By Talbert Toole, associate editor of HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at talbert.toole@hottytoddy.com.

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