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Local competes in annual STP

 

Christopher Andersson

Lee Hall recently competed in the annual Seattle to Portland bike race.

Local 14-year-old Lee Hall rode more than 200 miles while completing the annual Seattle to Portland bike race this July.

The bike ride was held July 14 and 15 this year and is organized with hundreds of volunteers and participants from around the nation.

"This is the longest, and probably the hardest, thing I've ever done," said Hall.

Hall said he rode 10 hours on the first day of the event and 12 hours for the second to get to Portland.

"The second day was by far the hardest. First of all you had to get back on your bike, it was 103 degree weather, there were a lot of hills and it was longer on the second day," he said.

He said his favorite part was riding into the Chehalis Recreation Park which hosts camping for the midway point of the ride.

"When I got into the campground after the first 100 miles I felt really good," he said.

"I said to myself, 'okay, we're halfway done and now there's just another 105 to go,'" he said.

There are many stops along the way and Hall said he enjoyed seeing all of the other bikers who participated in the event.

"It was the first time for me and it was cool to see all the new things and the other bikers," he said.

The ride is a family tradition for Hall.

"My mom has been involved and so have my sisters, so it's kind of a family thing that I would have to do it," he said.

"It looked like a lot of fun," he said.

For a while now he has been training for the event, including taking rides on many local trails.

"We've done for a couple of months now 15-miles rides and 20-miles rides on the Burke-Gilman Trail [a Seattle biking trail], the Centennial Trail and the Sammamish Trail," he said.

"We had two friends that did it with us and it was a lot of fun," he said.

Hall said he enjoys the experience of biking and the ability to rely on yourself.

"Sometimes there's no one around you in the city or the woods and it's just you and your willpower to bike," he said.

He said that after 205 miles he is happy he did the ride this year.

"It just makes me feel a whole sense of accomplishment - that I just did 205 miles of riding with just me and a bike," he said.

 

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