Tour De Bluff in memory of Tony Carruth
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Staying in shape can be fun! To prove it, Novel T’s Custom Screen Printing and Ad Specialty Gallery and ARORA are hosting the annual Tour de Bluff Bike Fun Day.
Organizers have set up a fun-filled event that features;
*The Tour de Bluff Pine Bluff to Altheimer road race,
*21 ½ mile bicycle course designed for riders to travel any comfortable distance,
*21 ½, 50, and 62 mile distance rides,
*Bicycle safety information for kids and adults,
and Sporty bicycle maneuver demonstrations by Southern BMX
Tour de Bluff was planned for people of all ages to learn the safe way to enjoy bicycling. Anyone can participate; those who are just learning to ride a bicycle, those who ride regularly, and those who haven’t been on a bicycle since they were kids.
The day begins at 7:00 a.m. with registration at The Pines Mall parking lot. At 8:00 a.m., road racers who would like to complete for the Tour de Bluff title start the 21 ½ mile course from Pine Bluff to Altheimer and back. Leisure riders wanting to ride the course any distance “just for fun” and distance riders will begin at 8:15 am. While they are gone, others may watch and/or participate in the fun games and activities. Activities will include a bicycle safety demonstration and sporty bike maneuvers by Tony of Tony’s Radical Sportz, a co-sponsor of the event.
The goal for Tour de Bluff is to show people how to stay in shape while having fun and helping people rediscover the joy of bicycle riding. Bicycle riding is a great way to accomplish this goal.
There are only a few people in your life that will make an indelible mark. There are, however, a few people who have a special gift for being a person who marks many lives in significant ways. Tony Carruth was one of those people; once you met him, you never forgot him.
Tony's passion was motorcycles and bicycles. His considerable knowledge and skill was acquired by working, competing and performing on both. They were also his "foot in the door" for many conversations with almost anyone. Tony was a guy that lived every moment of his life to its fullest. He seemed happy and fulfilled any time and in any situation that you came in contact with him. He had a gift for being able to bond with everyone.
Tony's greatest character trait was that he wanted everyone he met to be as happy and fulfilled as he was. Tony was unique because he always seemed to do everything in his power to help others experience life to its fullest like he did. He constantly invested his money, influence, skill, and encouragement to others. Some of the things Tony did are:
*Built a Free Bike park behind his Bike shop, Tony's Radical Sportz, where multitudes of young people have spent countless hours learning tricks and sharpening their skills.
*Repaired bikes for free and made them safe for riding
*Taught bike tricks and helped other bikers prepare for competition
*Made sure that anyone who wanted to ride a bicycle would be able to do so
This was the spirit that Tony exhibited whenever he was asked to help organize Tour De Bluff.
Tony Carruth, along with his mother, perished recently in a tragic house fire. There are a lot of lives that Tony influenced and many more stories. For this reason, the name "Tony Carruth" will be added to Tour De Bluff in his honor.