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'Outspoken For 4-H' Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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West Virginia is anything but flat. Riding your bike over the steep hills and through the winding roads isn't easy.

Twenty eight cyclists from West Virginia and its surrounding states have dedicated the past four days to riding their bikes.

"We ride over 250 miles in four days to raise money for scholarships for 4-H," said Jason Burnside, Harrison County 4-H Extension Agent. "It's so we are able to send kids to Jackson's Mill for 4-H camp."

The 'Outspoken for 4-H' bike ride began 10 years ago and many people are becoming regulars.

"By the end of today, I've ridden over 2,000 miles for 4-H," Burnside said.

Cyclists began their trek in Hancock County, traveled through nine more, and arrived at their destination in Lewis County four days later.

"There is a lot of training involved. Typically you want to be able to go about 60 or 70 miles in a day before you start riding," said Paul Garton, participant. "Once you can do that, you're good for all four days."

This was the first year the ride went through Harrison County.

"I'm from Harrison County," Burnside said. "Coming through my hometown, riding by my high school, where I'm from, through my community, and seeing a lot of places where I've grown up is really great."

Residents welcomed the cyclists with open arms.

"The support is absolutely fantastic," Garton said. "There are signs everywhere. People come out to pit stops, they feed us. Everyone is just extremely helpful and they love the program just as much as we do."

The hardest part of the journey?

"Preston. Preston County was tough," Burnside said.

"Preston County and Marion County were pretty rough," Garton agreed.

Riders raise funds for the cause through individuals and organizations that sponsor them through the trek.

"I know in the past we have raised $10 to $15,000 yearly," Burnside said. "This goes to state camp scholarships."

If you would like information on 'Outspoken for 4-H" or how you can get involved next year, visit its website.