Reminder: Rider for Adoption

Tennessee’s “Adoption Tour 2009: A Journey Home” will make a stop in Alcoa on Monday Oct. 5. The premise of the lengthy bike ride through the state is to raise awareness of the many children awaiting permanent homes. Here’s how the numbers—for the ride, and for Tennessee adoptions—break out:

436 children in Tennessee in state custody, waiting for a home

5th consecutive year of bike tour

433.7 miles bike tour, beginning in Johnson City at 7 a.m. on Oct. 5

9 destinations after Johnson City: Newport, Maryville, Madisonville, Cleveland, Chattanooga, Manchester, Bell Buckle, Columbia, and ending in Nashville’s Bicentennial Park at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9

85 riders total

19 riders have been adopted, 18 are Tennessee Department of Children Services employees

1,200 average number of miles completed by riders before the tour, usually starting training in April

1.5 million calories burned collectively

30 members of the support crew, all volunteers

21 vehicles, 425 hotel rooms, 100 gallons of water a day, 2,000 meals during the week

15 mph, expected pace

Riders will pause at 223 Associates Blvd. in Alcoa, just behind the Alcoa Municipal building, between 5 p.m.-6 p.m., the celebration, with food from Boomer’s BBQ, ends at 6:30 p.m. To make a donation: or 865-982-5225,

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