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Community: More Than 3,400 Miles Biked at APC Challenge

Wednesday, 08.29.2012 / 9:45 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Gabby Pinto
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Community: More Than 3,400 Miles Biked at APC Challenge


Last Friday, 140 people from the community came together for the Athletic Performance Center 24-Hour Bike Challenge and biked more than 3,435 miles for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

Gabby Pinto

The event began on Friday at 5 p.m. and ended on Saturday at 5 p.m. The participants made up eight recreational teams and one elite team to compete and raise money for the Foundation. Each team was required to have a person riding on their stationary bike the entire 24 hours. Jaime Holt, physical therapist at APC, brought the bike challenge to life in 2011.

This year, Hurricanes defenseman Joe Corvo pledged to donate 50 cents for every mile biked during the challenge and even rode for one of the teams himself.

“It was something that when I was signed back here, my wife and I wanted to do,” Corvo said.

In addition to this pledge, after a few hours of biking, Corvo unexpectedly announced that he would donate an additional $50 for every time that one of the 300 pound tires at the APC was flipped. All participants were able to attempt once and could use as many people as they wanted to help. The tire was flipped 30 times bringing Corvo’s total donation to $3,248.13.

The event was filled with entertainment including a live DJ from Linda Craft & Team and a live acoustic guitarist. During the late night hours between Friday night and Saturday morning, sports movies and Hurricanes highlights from throughout the years were shown. Meals were provided by Rudino’s, ERMI, and Chick-fil-A to feed the hungry riders.

Members from the Eye Care Associates Storm Squad came by on Saturday with Stormy to cheer on the riders. Brooke and Ashley Virginia hopped on the bikes and guest rode for two teams, and Stormy took his turn for the Hurricanes staff.

Teams were surprised by mystery guest riders that included former Hurricanes players Rod Brind’Amour, Glen Wesley, Jesse Boulerice, Shane Willis, Steve Rice and Jeff Daniels. They each rode two 30-minute shifts for different teams to give them fresh legs and bump up their mileage. The top three teams in mileage received prizes from the Hurricanes.

As a participant, this event truly tests one’s limits, both emotionally and physically. The Hurricanes staff team learned its lesson quickly during the first year of the event. We knew that it was crucial to get more than nine riders for the 24-hour challenge. With sixteen riders this year, we were able to split up the time in 10- and 15-minute shifts with some riders coming in to pump out half-hour or even hour-long shifts. Teamwork was essential and the encouragement, friendly competition between our teammates and knowing the good we were doing for the kids kept us pedaling.

The camaraderie was also evident throughout all of the 140 participants. The energy was lively for the entire event, and everyone was cheered on in good will. It was amazing to see the investment that everyone made in giving up some of their weekend to give back to our community.

The 2012 APC 24-Hour Bike Challenge raised more than $12,000 for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. The Foundation donated $534,852 in monetary grants to 53 different North Carolina non-profit children’s charities in the 2011-12 season.

Thank you to Jaime Holt, the Athletic Performance Center staff, the sponsors, the participants and the donors who supported the event. We hope you will join us at the Bike Challenge next year! I will be sure to start training soon.



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81