Marathon man

Store owner raises funds for Jum­npstart

The Compass - - NEWS - BY BUR­TON K. JANES bur­

Trevor Lowe, owner of Cana­dian Tire in Car­bon­ear, clocked off a to­tal of 144 kilo­me­tres in a non-stop, six-hour cy­cling marathon on a sta­tion­ary bi­cy­cle in­side his store.

He may not have gone very far dur­ing the Fri­day, Aug. 27 event, but he did suc­ceed in rais­ing $300 for the lo­cal chap­ter of Jump­start.

The char­i­ta­ble pro­gram helps kids be­tween the ages of four and 18 par­tic­i­pate in or­ga­nized sports and recre­ation such as hockey, dance, soc­cer and swim­ming, to en­able them to de­velop im­por­tant life skills, self es­teem and con­fi­dence.

Five hours into the event, af­ter reach­ing the 118-kilo­me­tre mark, Lowe ad­mit­ted, not sur­pris­ingly, “it’s get­ting tir­ing now.” He had set a per­sonal goal of 150 kilo­me­tres by day’s end.

The phys­i­cal weari­ness not­with­stand­ing, he added, “ I think it’s im­por­tant to get kids ac­tive in sports.” Cy­cling is not a new ac­tiv­ity for Lowe. “I’m a triath­lete. I’ve trained for half Iron­man races, so I’m pretty much in the zone,” he ex­plained.

Store em­ploy­ees were in­vited to ride with Lowe in 15-min-bute in­ter­vals.

“A num­ber of staff have signed up to sup­port the cause and bring aware­ness in the store to the pro­gram,” he said.

Lowe’s eight-year-old daugh­ter, Kirsten, was in charge of the ta­ble.

“I’m rais­ing money to help kids do sports,” she said. She felt good when peo­ple stopped by to do­nate to Jump­start, she added.

The event was train­ing for an­other Jump­start fundrais­ing event, a mar­itime bike tour. Eight Cana­dian cy­clists from across the coun­try will be­gin a five­day, 800-kilo­me­tre ride on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 8. Lowe will be part of the team.

“I’ve al­ready taken some longer rides to pre­pare for the big trek we’re plan­ning,” Lowe ex­plained.

If the event in Car­bon­ear is any in­di­ca­tion, Lowe will be t h ere for the du­ra­tion of the tour.

Pho­tos by Bur­ton K. Janes/The Com­pass

Trevor Lowe, owner of Cana­dian Tire, Car­bon­ear, five hours into a six-hour, non­stop cy­cling marathon on a sta­tion­ary bi­cy­cle in­side the store on Aug. 27.

Kirsten Lowe helped her f a t h e r, T r e v o r, by ac­cept­ing do­na­tions to Jum­start.

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