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3 Country Ride stops through New Castle

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Being the Crossroads of America, it doesn’t take long before most transcontinental travelers pass through Indiana.

The non-profit organization 3 Country Ride stopped through town this weekend on their way from Tijuana, Mexico to St. Stephen, Canada.

3 Country Ride is using the 4,150 mile bike ride to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in the fight to cure breast cancer.

3 Country Ride’s volunteer executive director and primary rider, Bob Hood, passed through New Castle Saturday morning and took a few minutes to interview New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shaun DuFault.

The video interview is available online at www.facebook.com/3CountryRide.

The journey began March 20 in Tijuana and is scheduled to end in Saint Stephen on June 10.

Each day the 3 Country Ride group broadcasts three live videos: A Morning Mingle session with a notable local individual, such as DuFault, a noon update from the road, and an 8 p.m. evening wrap up session with locals from wherever they are that day. Ron Calabrese, the organization’s volunteer support driver and event coordinator, also posts updates along the route with pictures and videos each day.

3 Country Ride is looking for other riders to join them along the route. “While we would welcome some riders to join us for the entire trip, we are trying to get riders to join us across the nation for small segments of the ride around their home towns,” Hood said.

The end goal of all these efforts is to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to cure breast cancer.

“I have had both family and friends stricken by this horrible disease,” Hood said. “This is my part in helping keep not only them, but the over 300,000 women in the U.S. that are diagnosed with this cancer each year, and the 40,000+ who are expected to die this year, safe from this disease in the future, or keeping it from afflicting them in the first place – at least that is my hope.”

Hood continued, “As part of our fundraising efforts, every day we will be seeking donations either through our website at www.3CountryRide.org/Donate or the BCRF’s website at give.bcrf.org/3CountryRide. The funds go directly to BCRF to find a cure for breast cancer.”