Student cyclists organize ‘Catamounts Against Cancer’ team

Ted Denning, a junior at Western Carolina University, leads the Catamounts Against Cancer, a team created to participate in this year’s 24 Hours of Booty charity cycling event in Charlotte.

Ted Denning, a junior at Western Carolina University, leads the Catamounts Against Cancer, a team created to participate in this year’s 24 Hours of Booty charity cycling event in Charlotte.

Western Carolina University student cyclists will ride together as “Catamounts Against Cancer” this month at the only 24-hour charity cycling event in the nation.

The event, the 24 Hours of Booty, is designed to raise awareness and money for cancer charities through inviting cyclists to ride a 3-mile course in Charlotte known as the “Booty Loop” from 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28.

“To represent WCU in a show of support for this cause is a great honor, and I look forward to riding laps with four of my closest friends,” said Ted Denning, president of the WCU Cycling Club and organizer of the Catamounts Against Cancer team.

Joining Denning, a junior from Charlotte, at the event will be Brian Burks, a junior from Greenville; Ryan Dunn, a junior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Sarah Foley, a senior from Goldsboro; and Joe Mullins, a senior from Denver.

“Our goal is for every team member to ride 125 to 150 miles during the 24 hours,” said Denning, who has been riding his bicycle around campus and Jackson County to train for the event. “This is a very attainable goal, and we are very excited to work together toward it.”

To support Catamounts Against Cancer, which has raised more than $1,000, check out www.active.com/donate/booty2007/wcu. Contributions benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas, and the Keep Pounding Fund at Carolinas Medical Center.