Mountain bike racing karma - How did plastic flip-flops play a major role in inspiring the creation of a world-class event-the San Juan Howler Mountain Bike Race
? Come on down to see for yourself this December 11, 2010 and have fun racing the 18K, 28K or 42K series!How San Juan Howler Began
It all began with Larry Thraen, an adventure lifestyle-seeker who balances dynamic living with yoga and fitness, moved to Nicaragua to help stressed out ex-pats re balance their lives in the sun with fun sports and yoga. While soaking in Nicaragua's sweet, peaceful living that the Nicas (as the locals are called) enjoy.
the Simplicity... the natural beauty... the warm friendships. Then add freshly picked fruits and produce to grace the dining table. It seemed so idyllic far from the plastic that's unnaturally molded for mass consumption.
Upon Larry's arrival - he saw something most surprising. "Brakes on the bikes was virtually un-heard of; they were using their plastic flip-flops" to slow down or stop their two-wheelers. Larry also noted that it was truly amazing! " I have seen fives kids on an old three-speed bike from the 60's; they are indeed talented."
"Then it struck!" That karmic slap upside the head. "San Juan Howler Mountain Bike Race" birth of a simple idea.Howler Karma-Having Fun While Doing Good
Larry was inspired to organize a top-notch tourism sports event. "We're serving the community that serves us by building a tourism mechanism and support people in need. Plus, this event gives national and international athletes a chance to compete in a world-class event. While we help build the sport of mountain biking in Nicaragua," Larry comments.
The big question is 'how will he do this'? "Well, the locals rarely have access to bikes and we are trying to attract sponsors who can get involved to possible help bring down a container of bikes and helmets for each event."
As Larry added "Not only will the bikes be provided for the race - but after the competitors will have the use of transportation to go to town for supplies or go to a job to help feel their families."
Harvin winning the bike Tara Walsh donated. Dancesar.com photo
"I simply want to get more kids involved in a great sport. With an event like this, knowing they can compete along side real professionals for cash prizes or a chance to win a new mountain bike gets people pretty stoked to compete." he enthuses.
"If anyone is looking to get out of the cold? a vacation? and/or want to support a good cause? Howler's it
. I'd love to see more travelers doing Howler. Opening their hearts to support a deserving cause," Larry urges, adding, "last race, many praised the organization of the race and the awesome volunteers." What goes around comes around. Mountain bike racing making a difference.
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