24 Hour Biking Charity Event is Back at Butler
Writer / Jennifer Magley
Photography / Provided
For the fifth consecutive year, 24 Hours of Booty is back in Indianapolis. The annual non-competitive one day bicycling event is for people of all ages and abilities who want to raise money for cancer research.
“We are all affected every day by cancer. Everyone knows someone who has been affected,” says Booty Crew member Michelle Krall. “Those that fight and survive are really the heroes.”
The event will take place at Butler University from Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. to Saturday, June 25 at 7 p.m on a 3.5 mile route known as “The Booty Loop.” The loop winds in and out of surrounding communities.
At the heart of the action is “Bootyville,” the event’s headquarters where riders can camp, socialize and enjoy music as they recharge from riding. Along with three catered meals, riders also receive access to snacks, energy bars, water and sports drinks.
“Bootyville” is also the site of the exposition area where corporate sponsors offer a range of services including 24-hour bike support, raffles for special items and information about their services.
“It is fun,” says Krall. “You ride as little or as much as you’d like. On the route, you see individuals with signs saying ‘In honor of’ and ‘Surviving.’ You talk to them, and you understand why they are out there. If you would not have ridden, you would have never known there are other individuals out there that have gone through what you have gone through.”
24 Hours of Booty is unique in that every dollar raised stays in the local community. Funds raised from the event will benefit IU Simon Cancer Center and LIVESTRONG Foundation. The event is anticipated to raise more than $200,000 for cancer survivorship and navigation programs.
“We look forward to another great year ahead and appreciate all the support from our riders, volunteers, sponsors and the local community,” said Peter Davis, executive director of 24 Hours of Booty. “Together, we are continuing to make an impact in supporting top-notch cancer survivorship and navigation programs locally and nationally.”
To participate in the Indianapolis event, each rider is required to pay a $45 registration fee and raise a minimum of $200 prior to the group ride. Participants can register as an individual or as part of a team. Those who raise $10,000 or more will receive a 24 Hours of Booty branded orange jersey.
New this year is a Child Rider Type for children 8 to 11 years old. Registration is $25, and the fundraising minimum is $100. The Kids Fundraising Award winners for children ages 8 to 17 will be announced on Saturday, June 25 at the lunch program.
In the event’s 15-year history, more than 15,000 riders have raised more than $15 million in select cities. In addition to Indianapolis, 24 Hours of Booty holds cycling events in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Columbia, Maryland, and brings in participants from around the country.
About 24 Hours of Booty
24 Hours of Booty is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity located in Charlotte, North Carolina, that provides extraordinary 24-hour cycling events that are safe, fun and open to all levels of cycling ability. Its purpose is to increase public awareness, funds and support for organizations dedicated to cancer navigation and survivorship, including IU Simon Cancer Center and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Its mission is to inspire communities to be active in the fight against cancer. Currently, 24 Hours of Booty hosts events in Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbia, Maryland; and Indianapolis and attracts participants from around the country. For more information, call 704-365-4417 or visit 24hoursofbooty.org.