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Mark Bottom will be getting to know his Trek road bike a lot better in the coming weeks as he trains for the 1,098-mile Pedal for Pat in October, a fundraiser for legendary Coach Pat Summitt’s foundation that supports Alzheimer’s research and education. Local residents will have the chance to support his efforts.

Grant native preparing to “Pedal for Pat”

Mark Bottom of Imperial has a huge task ahead of him.

But it’s one he was drawn to because there were so many connections to his personal life. It’s also a way to give back.

This October, the teacher and coach at Chase County Schools (CCS) will be joining up to 11 other cyclists in a fundraiser benefitting The Pat Summitt Foundation and its mission to support research and education on Alzheimer’s disease.

The 1,098-mile trek on bicycle over 12 days is scheduled Oct. 17-28, starting in Knoxville, Tennessee and ending in Key West, Florida. 

The 1,098-mile trip matches Summitt’s 1,098 wins as legendary coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball team.

The team of riders hopes to average about 100 miles a day, with stops along the way for visits to care centers and local events at their overnight stays.

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