COLUMBUS GROVE — Bellefontaine resident and bicyclist Doug Chivington spent 9/11 Wednesday bicycling 207 miles from Cincinnati Zoo to Toledo Zoo making a trek through Columbus Grove.
His mission was to raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries caused while serving in the military and the Resurrecting Lives Foundation. People can donate to help those who have brain injuries at resurrectinglivesfoundation.org
The foundation’s mission is to coordinate and advocate for the successful transition to a post-military career and life for veterans with traumatic brain injury.
Chivington plans to participate in several ultra-distance cycling events to raise funds for Resurrecting Lives Foundation. The Ohio based foundation coordinates and advocates for a successful transition to a post-military career and life for veterans with traumatic brain injuries. He also is training to set a state record for his age group (50 to 59) for the World Ultra Cycling Association. He has been training full time after retiring in March from Honda of America.
Brain injuries from the military is a topic all to familiar for Chivington, 59. His oldest son, who he wished to remain unnamed, received physical and mental injuries from combat in 2006 in Iraq by an IED. His second oldest son is currently deployed in the Air Force and Chivington’s father Delmar served in the Vietnam War.
While he was an employee at Honda, he met Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, who founded the foundation, when she spoke to company officials about hiring veterans.
“God has given me the talent to sit on a bicycle for a long period of time,” Chivington said. “I would like to ride with a purpose and support our veterans.”
He said he wants to raise awareness for military personnel who have traumatic brain injuries and make the public aware of their challenges.
“When they get home they have depression and family issues and have a lot of challenges that are often unrecognized,” Bellefontaine said.
He said Sept. 11 is a significant day for the country and he chose to ride on that day because many veterans decided to join the military because of 9/11.
He is sponsored by Resurrecting Lives Foundation, bicycle shop Cycle Zone and BRL Sports Nutrition.
In 2020 he said he plans to participate in at least four ultra-distance cycling events with plans to raise at least $50,000 for the foundation. He also plans to meet with veterans and create a cycling team for the foundation.
“It will be mentally and physically challenging to do this and there is a connection with veterans because recovering from a traumatic brain injury is mentally and physically challenging,” Chivington said. “I don’t want them to give up.”
He had vehicles travelling behind him to make sure he stayed safe and hydrated.
To view posts on Chivington’s journey visit the Facebook page TeamChivington.
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