The third annual fundraiser Bikeathon for the High Banks Fire House took place on February 12, 2017 under beautiful clear, sunny skies with temperatures just perfect for a nice bike ride. This perfect day was very welcome as riders from last year had memories of a harrowing ride against head winds which made the ride very hard going.
The High Banks Volunteer Fire Service (HBVFS) is hosting its 3rd Annual Bike-A-Thon Fundraiser on Feb. 12. The course extends for 30 miles from the HBVFS Fire House in Bahama Palm Shores to the Regatta beach site in Sandy Point.
Twenty two brave souls battled a very strong, chilly headwind to cycle the thirty miles from Sandy Point to Bahama Palm Shores on Valentine’s Day, February 14. They did this not to impress their Valentines (though it probably did) but to raise funds for the High Banks Volunteer Fire Service. The riders met at the Fire House in Bahama Palm Shores at 7.30 a.m. from where they were transported with their bicycles to Sandy Point.
The weekend opened on Friday afternoon with a 1-mile open water swim, sponsored by BTC, in which 25 participants entered the water at the beautiful Treasure Cay beach in Abaco. The out and back course attracted athletes as young as 8 and old as 76, and all skill levels from competitive swimmers to recreational snorkelers. The gorgeous Abaco weather allowed for a fast course, with Peter Wagner being the first swimmer to finish, defending his 2012 title with a time of 25:32. The first female was Abaco local Christina Pyfrom, just thirteen years old, in a time of 28:01. A young competitor, Ryan Knowles, managed to complete the swim in full clothing after forgetting her swimsuit, proving that determination and effort can overcome adversity.