Hill County Paw Pals, Hill County, Texas

Waggin Trail Bike Ride 2009 Gives Public Thanks to Our Community

2274Hill County Paw Pals and Hillsboro Police Department Community Outreach Programs successfully concluded their joint fund raiser—“Waggin’ Trails Bike Ride 2009”. Designed routes of 10, 28, 40, 58, and 70 miles were provided to challenge cyclists of all levels. The success of this event stemmed from a supporting community, volunteers, sponsors and the outstanding professional support providing by our area Emergency Response Agencies—Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department, Bynum Volunteer Fire Department, and Hillsboro Community Emergency Response (CERT). Hill County Sheriff Jeff Lyon also represented the Hill County Sheriff Office in the command communications center. We are blessed to have a community willing to support two important causes: A group facilitating the installation of a county animal shelter and a program organized to reduce crime by increasing community involvement.

The main event sponsor was Outlets at Hillsboro. The following businesses (in alphabetical order) were our di2303amond sponsors: Brookshire Grocery Company, Citizens National Bank, Dixie LP-Gas, Expressions Photography, HILCO, Hill Regional Hospital, Hillsboro Lions Club, Hog Wild Graphics, Jackson Insurance and Financial Services, Tipton International Inc., and Tucker Lumber. The following (in alphabetical order) were our valued sponsors: B & G Tire, Days Inn, First National Bank of Central Texas,

H-E-B, Hill College, Hill County Insurance Agency—Siddons, Hill Family Dental, Julie Siddons Realtors, KHBR 1560 AM Radio, Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors, Rick’s Quick Lube, and Starbucks Corporation. Sincere thanks to our area newspapers for providing space to help advertise with our related news articles: Hubbard City News, Itasca Paw Print Press, The Reporter Newspaper and Whitney LakeLander.

First impressions for an event that draws cyclists from long distances are very important and begin to form during the registration period. Both Hillsboro Lions Club and Whitney High School Paw Pals Club awakened early to start registering our cycling guests at 6:30am. All cyclists were registered, outfitted with T-shirts, provided maps of their routes, and lined up for the start of the ride at 8:00am.

Safely guiding nearly 200 cyclists over five routes that stretched from 10 to 70 miles over public roads was no small feat. Detailed coordination became a necessity and special recognition is due specifically for Detective Israel Abrego and Animal Control Officer James DeLuca of the Hillsboro Police Department for being the key coordinators.

A total of five rest areas supported the cyclists as safety liaisons and with refreshments: Loraine Easterling of Citizens National Bank, Sabrina Leal and Kim Craig of Hillsboro 2299Police Department, Bob Crabtree of Hillsboro Lions Club, JD & Jean Landis and Lana Crow of Paw Pals. The much sought after event T-Shirt design was from M&M Screens (Christi Pevehouse). Our sponsor banner, posters, and signs were provided by Sara Duvose of Hog Wild Graphic2295s.

Many cyclists search the internet for rides so advertisement on the web becomes a critical player. We were very fortunate to have Warren Smith design our website www.waggintrailbikeride.com so cyclist could view the routes and register on-line. This site will be continuously open to help advertise next year’s event. Smith was also the primary designer of the brochures and posters that helped attract cyclist to our event.

The planning committee for this worthy event in alphabetical order were: Hillsboro Police Detective Israel Abrego, Hillsboro Chief of Police Tony Cain, Paw Pals board member Lana Crow, Family Diagnostic Medical Center Dr. Lane Dykes, Outlets at Hillsboro Rebecca Galuppo, Paw Pals board member Mike Hendricks, FUMC Reverend Reed Justus, and Paw Pals volunteer Warren Smith. All of the riders’ critiques were positive—key elements to building a reputation that will draw other cyclists for continued success with our next ride in May 2010. Outlets at Hillsboro will again sponsor next year’s ride where we expect over 1,000 participants—drawing a rippling effect to our area’s economy.

For information about Paw Pals, please visit www.helphillcountyanimals.com or call (254) 580-0679.