Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 19, Ed. 1 Friday, September 23, 2011 Page: 11 of 48
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Get a smile you can wear with
New routes means higher
visibility for 2011 LSRFA
Even though Event Manager Jerry
Calumn was told routing riders
through Dallas and Fort Worth
wasn't possible, he refused to take
'can't' for an answer
DAVID TAFFET I Staff Writer
When he took over as the new event manager
of Lone Star Ride fighting AIDS, Jerry Calumn
started hearing about a number of tilings he
For instance, LSRFA cyclists said they wanted
people to come out and cheer them on. But the
route the last few years has been mostly rural, and
getting groups out was something Calumn
"couldn't do," he was told.
Riders told him they wanted to ride where peo-
ple would see them. "Riders felt disconnected
from the cities we serve/' Rider Retention Co-
Chair Michael Wilkesen said.
But changing the route was something Calumn
was told he "couldn't do," because permits and
other obstacles would make it too expensive and
logistics would make it too hard.
But Calumn wasn't willing to settle for "could-
n't do." So through the summer, he worked qui-
etly with Wilkesen, mapping out a new route and
making plans to get people out to cheer on the rid-
The ride begins and ends again this year at the
American Airlines Training and Conference Cen-
ter in North Arlington, as it has for the past few
years. The difference this year is that instead of
making loops northwest of the center on Saturday
and southeast on Sunday through suburban and
rural terrain, this year's routes move through Fort
Worth on Saturday and Dallas on Sunday
"And you know what it cost us?" Calumn said.
"Nothing. Not one damn penny."
Calumn encouraged the community to come
and cheer for riders and suggested some of the
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