I've been getting several questions about what it is we are doing, so I am hoping to answer them here.
the short answer is that we are RACING cyclocross in order to help raise awareness and funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, in memory of our son LCpl James Kimple. James was killed in action on his secound tour or Iraq on 2-May02008.
The long and protracted answers are:
"When is your event?"
All the time!
Well, we will be participating in the Cap City Cross series of events. Here's the schedule from the Cap City Cross
2010 Cap City Cross Race Series:
10/ 3 -- Big Run Soap Box Hill (southwest Columbus, excellent venue.)
10/17 -- Coffman Park - Dublin
10/31 -- Uncle Steves Halloween Race
and COLUMBUS CITY CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
11/14 -- Infirmary Mound OVCX
11/28 -- OVCX/Cap City State Champs at John Bryan
12/5 -- Smith Farm
12/12 -- Lobdell!
There's not a specific date for contributors to donate - you can donate at any time
. Of course we encourage you to come out and watch the races. As well, at the 12/5 Smith Farm race we will have a table set up so you can hunt us down there! Hunt us down at any of the Cap City events - we'll be wearing the Wounded Warrior Project jerseys.
All that said, do you want to see us finish well? Would you like to see us suffer? Then throw down a challenge! Post a reply here and say "Hey, if you do 3rd or better I'll kick in $xx.xx !". Or whatever. Want to challenge us to the overall season finish? Single race?
Why race cyclocross? Remember when you were 8 or 11 and you'd ride around the neighborhood with your friends on your bikes and then an impromptu race would break out? Cyclocross is sort of the adult excuse to behave the same way. Race hard with your friends, get dirty and have a good time. Besides, it's probably the most spectator-friendly bicycle racing there is.
Why do this in memory of our son? Because it was him (James Kimple) that challenged me to stop talking about it and really do it. Because one of the last things I got to do with James when he was home on leave was for the two of us to go for a long, leisurely bike ride. The last father-son time I got to have with him. And just because.
Why race as a Proud Supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project
? They are a well-run organization, with very minimal operating expenses which means that most of your money goes directly to the soldier that needs your help. Because James was fiercely loyal and protective of his friends and fellow soldiers. Because while we can't help James now, we can help those he has served with.
"What should I do?"
PO Box 222
Carroll, OH 43112
Or challenge us! Come out and watch at the Cap City Cross races. Race with us, ride with us. Tell us a joke. Make fun of our socks.
Thank you for the time and your support.