George E. Hood
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Aurora Man in 300-Hour Stationary Bike Ride to Benefit Fox Valley United Way Youth Programs
George Hood to go for Guinness record; Injured Marines, families also to benefit
AURORA Ultra endurance athlete George Hood, an Aurora resident and three time Guinness world record holder in stationary (spin) bike riding, will help Fox Valley United Way raise funds to support local youth programs as he takes aim at a new Guinness record for spin bike riding.
Hood, already in training at Auroras Rush-Copley Healthplex, is shooting for a 300-hour ride. Fans can watch Hoods next long-ride warm up, a 15-hour ride that begins at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Healthplex (1900 Ogden Ave., Aurora). Saturdays training ride is one of a series that will lead to the Fox Valley United Way-Ride IV Reasons record-setting attempt, April 11-24 at the Healthplex.
Rush-Copley Healthplex is donating training and event time to Hood and FVUW.
The current spin bike marathon riding record is 192 hours, set in January, 2009, in Belgium by Shirvani Merhzad. Hoods best so far is a then record 177 hours, 45 minutes, set in May 2008 at the Heritage YMCA in Naperville.
Money raised by Hood will go to Aurora-based Fox Valley United Way, which provides support for more than 50 social services agencies in Aurora, Big Rock, Bristol, Hinckley, Little Rock, Millbrook, Montgomery, Mooseheart, North Aurora, Oswego, Plano, Plattville, Sugar Grove and Yorkville.
A portion of the donations will be shared with the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which provides support to Marines injured in Afghanistan and Iraq and their families. I’m a former Marine officer, Hood explains. I’ve been in Afghanistan. Ive witnessed the dangers our young people have faced and the sacrifices they have made. They are heroes in so many respects.
FVUW will earmark its funds for youth programs, including the local Three Fires Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Hood and his three sons of Naperville are members of Aurora Boy Scout Troop 849.
One of my reasons for riding is that I know the future of our great country lies in its youth, Hood says. We have a responsibility now to the kids in the Fox Valley who need our help. My hope is that we all can be inspired to contribute through my 300-hour effort to bring the spin bike record back to the U.S.
For Fox Valley United Way and the youth agencies it helps support, Hoods record-setting attempt will help us highlight the continuing need so many families, especially families with children, face, says Michael Meyer, FVUW CEO.
Sponsors and individuals who want to join the Fox Valley United Way-Ride IV Reasons effort can contact Meyer at 630-896-4636 or Hood at www.RideGeorgeRide.org.
Hood is a retired DEA agent recently returned from southern Afghanistan where he conducted security operations on behalf of U.S. forces.
May 4-12, 2008 Media Coverage
During the period May 4-12, 2008, George set a new GWR of 178 hours on the stationary spin bike at the Fry Family YMCA in Naperville, IL in conjunction with Georges attempt to raise money for the Heritage YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. George subsequently raised over $30,000 as a result of his ultra marathon effort and GWR on behalf of the Strong Kids Campaign. As many of you know, Georges original goal was to surpass the Tasmanian attempt of 132 hours and ride for 154 hours. During the course of his ride, George and his crew were notified by GWR officials that a previous attempt had just been certified and that the new GWR was now 175 hours, nearly 20 plus hours more than what George had originally planned on doing. After a quick assessment of his physical condition and coordination with his dedicated support crew and a private conversation with trainer/coach Preston Bokos, George agreed to press on to establish a new GWR. Despite the huge potential psychological setback, George rallied his supporters and friends and unleashed a heated personal drive to surpass the 175 hour mark which he did and ultimately set the new GWR at 177 plus hours!
Georges recent 8 day effort on behalf of the Heritage YMCA Group raised significant funds for the Strong Kids Campaign which provides facilities and services in the towns of Naperville, Aurora and Oswego. In doing so, George drew awareness to the countless kids and families who need, and ultimately will benefit from the many donations and resultant programs associated with the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. In conjunction with this charity fundraising event, George also set the new Guinness World Record for the Static Spin Cycling Marathon at 177 plus hours! George’s goal was an inspirational journey that drew hundreds of visitors to the Fry Family YMCA to witness this historic event. Georges ultra Guinness World Record setting event was indeed done with the same passion and inspiration that touched so many lives and helped so many folks during the previous attempts, all of which started with Georges inaugural ride in January, 2007 on behalf of the Illinois Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) and his subsequent record setting ride in July, 2007 on behalf of the special needs kids of Kiwanis. George and his crew want to thank the countless friends and supporters from the City of Naperville and the surrounding communities who witnessed and participated in this historic event and helped George memorialize his record setting feat on behalf of the Heritage YMCA Strong Kids Campaign in the upcoming Guinness Book of World Records to be published this fall.
July 07 Media Coverage