The Carolina Hurricanes and many members of the local Raleigh community raised just over $12,000 for the Kids 'N Community Foundation in the 2012 Athletic Performance Center 24-Hour Bike Challenge. The 140 riders biker more than 3,450 miles in the 24-hour period, and were divided into eight recreational team and one professional team for the duration of the bike challenge.
Each team had one person on the stationary bike at all times during the competition and were cheered on by other competitors, Stormy and members of the Eye Care Associates Storm Squad, with the top three teams awarded prizes from the Carolina Hurricanes. Teams were also surprised when members of the Carolina Hurricanes' family showed up to ride for their teams and give them fresh legs. Former Hurricanes' players Rod Brind’Amour, Glen Wesley, Jesse Boulerice, Shane Willis, Steve Rice and Jeff Daniels each rode two 30-minute shifts teams to help improve their millage and show support for the event.
The event was highlighted by a pledge by current defenseman Joe Corvo who stated he would donate 50 cents for every mile biked in the competition and would also donate $50 for every time one of the tires on a stationary bike was flipped. In total Corvo donated $3,248.13 and also rode for one of the teams.
The event showcased music from a live DJ and acoustic guitarist; to inspire riders and keep them going during the early morning hours of the competition sports movies and Carolina Hurricanes' past season highlights were shown. Riders were also provided food from Rudino's, ERMI and Chik-Fil-a to keep them riding for the entire 24-hour period.
The Athletic Performance Center will host the 24-hour bike challenge again in 2013 to once-again benefit the Kids 'N Community Foundation.
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