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  • Last chance to ride with the King! -- On Oct. 12, Pro Cyclist Ted King wraps up formal annual participation in Seacoast charity cycle ride after its 14th year and over $1 million raised

    PORTSMOUTH — The 14th Annual King Challenge bike ride will take place Saturday, Oct. 12, 2024. The event is an annual fundraiser for David Krempels Brain Injury Center (KBIC), a Portsmouth based non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life of people living with acquired brain injury.

    The King Challenge was created in 2011 by pro cycling legend and Brentwood native Ted King and Arlon Chaffee of GRVL Cycling after Ted’s father, Dr. Ted King Sr., survived a stroke and found community after becoming a KBIC member.

    As career and family priorities shift with time, 2024 will be the last year of Ted’s formal participation in the ride. KBIC is so thankful to Ted for his role in creating and building the popularity of this now legacy fundraiser. KBIC will continue operating the ride annually. KBIC is excited to have Ted leading the ride this year once more, and looks to have a tremendous fundraising year! Proceeds from this event provide scholarships for KBIC members who otherwise would not be able to participate in the high quality, therapeutic programs offered through the organization. Since its inception, the event has raised over one million dollars for the center, significantly impacting the quality of life of brain injury survivors and their families in the community.

    This year’s ride includes scenic routes beginning and ending at Timberland’s Stratham campus. Three routes of varying lengths accommodate a wide range of cycling abilities and are e-bike, mountain bike, and youth friendly. Along the way, riders have access to course support and lively rest stops for re-fueling. Riders will be treated to delicious food post-ride, plus a beer garden!

    Fundraising minimums have been set at easily attainable levels as the focus is on camaraderie, fall-foliage, and supporting an important cause. To sign up and or contribute to an individual fundraiser or team for this event, go to www.kingchallenge.org

    About KBIC:

    KBIC’s mission is to improve the quality of life of people living with brain injury through evidence-based programming, shared experiences, and support in a welcoming community. Established in 2000, KBIC is renowned for its top-notch therapeutic programs designed specifically for brain injury survivors. KBIC is a unique resource on the Seacoast, being the sole service of its kind in New Hampshire and one of only a few across the nation.

    Those with acquired brain injuries often encounter challenges when trying to resume their previous roles at work, home, and in the community. KBIC offers opportunities for social interaction, skill development, and the exploration of new interests, both in-person and online. Within this vibrant learning community, members find healing through shared experiences, peer support, and therapeutic activities. Research conducted in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire has shown that KBIC members tend to enjoy a higher quality of life, experience less stress, and establish stronger social connections compared to typical brain injury survivors.

    To learn more about KBIC, please visit www.KBIcenter.org, or for information on referring a client or friend or becoming a member yourself, call 603-570-2026, extension 220.


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