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June 3, 2017 (Saturday)
101 Miles
69 Miles
41 Miles
30 Miles
Bethel Baptist Church
Dothan, Alabama
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The Tristates100 Century in Dothan, Ala. is the only ride in the series that ventures out into not just one state, but three. We leave Alabama and enjoy a gentle descent into Florida, where the course becomes super flat and fast with a nice wide shoulder free from the rumble strips that we see elsewhere. The only hill in Florida is the bridge that takes you back into Georgia. Once into Georgia the course tips slightly upward but is still forgiving. As riders approach the Alabama state line, it’s into the rolling hills of Houston and Henry County.

The Metric course stays in Alabama and has some rolling hills throughout the ride and rejoins the century course for the last 22 miles. Recently we added an intermediate course of 45 miles. It also rejoins the longer routes for some of its final miles. The short course is 27 miles and stays in Houston county Alabama and also rejoins the longer routes for its final miles.

The first edition of the Tristates100 was put together on a whim by a handful folks with the desire to help the kids at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham. As the years have gone by, our planning committee has grown and many of our staffers have had their children treated there and their experiences fuel the passion for wanting to give something back. The funds we raise by simply riding a bicycle supply the Dawn Pitchford Fund with resources. Please take a moment to read the words of Dawn’s mother below:

“When our 14 year old daughter, Dawn, was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, our eyes were opened to the number of children treated by the hematology/oncology division at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham. Like so many families who had healthy children, we never imagined how many people were dealing with devastating illnesses. Over the course of the 7 ½ months of Dawn’s illness we met so many families whose children were dealing with a diagnosis of cancer. Many of these families were struggling not only with their child’s illness but with financial needs for non-medical expenses. Dawn met so many children that she wanted to help.

One little girl couldn’t walk in the hall because she had no bedroom shoes. As soon as Dawn was able to sit up, she wanted a wheelchair ride to the gift shop to buy her shoes. She also met a young woman about her age that was already very ill when she was diagnosed. She didn’t have any gowns or pajamas except for the hospital gowns, no turbans to cover her balding head, and none of the stuffed animals, flowers, and balloons that always filled our room. When we had a brief visit home Dawn made a quick shopping trip and filled a box with goodies for this young patient. She didn’t want to wait until we returned so she mailed the box to the hospital. We were told it brought the young woman a great deal of pleasure when she received the package.

Dawn spent the money that people sent her to help other people. After her death we felt it only fitting that the money she had accumulated from the generosity of our friends go to a cause that was near to her heart. We didn’t have enough money to set up a trust so the hospital helped us to set up the Dawn Pitchford Account which would help with the non-medical needs of the children with cancer. Cancer is a devastating disease in many ways. Many times at least one parent is not able to work, gas to make the trips to Birmingham and even sometimes money to buy bus tickets are necessary. Phone bills can be astronomical. There are so many things that you never think of until you are there. The account is administered by the department and it continues to give us a great deal of peace to know that Dawn is still helping other children who are faced with a dreaded diagnosis.

Just think what can be done with the money raised by the Tristates 100! As bikers put forth the effort to make this ride and sponsors give generously to support it, we will be reaching children and their families across our state. Long, difficult days may be made a little easier for both the children and their parents. So, I encourage you to join us as we support a cause very dear to my heart and the heart of all parents who have sat beside the bed of their child who is fighting the battle for their life.”
-Janice Pitchford

Sadly we have even helped with funeral expenses. Tragic as that is, it gets us back on that bike. Children’s says they help make miracles happen. At the Tristates we have adopted that same philosophy. We hope you will too! Come ride with us.
Ride On.


Event Start Location
Bethel Baptist Church
3257 East Cottonwood Road
Dothan, Al.

Course Description
We leave Alabama and enjoy a gentle descent into Florida, where the course becomes super flat and fast with a nice wide shoulder free from the rumble strips that we see elsewhere. The only hill in Florida is the bridge that takes you back into Georgia. Once into Georgia the course tips slightly upward but is still forgiving. As riders approach the Alabama state line, it’s into the rolling hills of Houston and Henry County.

The Metric course stays in Alabama and has some rolling hills throughout the ride and rejoins the century course for the last 22 miles.

Last year we added an intermediate course of 41 miles. It also rejoins the longer routes for some of its final miles.

The short course is 30 miles and stays in Houston county Alabama and also rejoins the longer routes for its final miles.


Awards
As part of the Alabama Backroads Century Series, the TriStates 100 will distribute awesome medals to those completing the century route at their event.

Packet Pickup / Expo
Thursday, June 1st. Packet pickup from 5:30 to 7:30 at Academy Sports,3950 Montgomery Hwy, Dothan, AL 36303

Friday, June 2nd. Early rider packet pickup from 4:00pm to 8:30pm at the Courtyard by Marriott (3040 Ross Clark Cir, Dothan, AL)

Saturday June 3 day of registration opens at 5:30 a.m.

Timing / Results
No timing chips are offered for this event.

Post Race Activities
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