For some, holding a Guinness World Record isn’t enough!!!!
So for a new challenge, Perry Prichard, Guinness World Record holder for riding a motocross
bike for 24 hours straight, plans to do something crazy again. The idea this time is to ride
1000 miles in 24 hours! He will be doing so in conjunction with the International Iron Butt
Association for the 2012 – 24 Hours for Haiti.
From the moment Prichard visited Haiti the very first time, he was hooked. It became his goal
to do as much as he could for the country and its people. 24 Hours for Haiti is his dream
child and the first event was conducted following the devastating earthquake of 2010. At that
time, Prichard set a Guinness World Record by being the first person to ride a motocross bike for 24
hours straight on a much less than cooperative motocross course! The event, with the assistance
of an anonymous private philanthropist that matched all donations dollar for dollar, raised more
than $20,000. That money went to aid in the construction of the NEW Village of Hope Medical
Center in Ganthier, Haiti. It was also used to provide assistance to many of the developmentally
and physically handicapped children at the Little Children of Jesus Orphanage that Prichard
visits each time he travels to Haiti.
You may be asking why 24 Hours for Haiti 2012 is being held. Despite all the efforts to help
rebuild the country, the needs are still great. This 2012 event is part of the ongoing passion that
drives Prichard to help the people he has met and befriended in this devastated country. 24 Hours for
Haiti 2012 is also working in coordination with the Hope for Haiti Foundation. In addition, Prichard has
been working extensively with both efforts to develop and implement a new Motorcycle Medical
Program. This innovative program will provide the equipment necessary to enable individuals to travel
to less accessible regions and offer medical transportation to individuals in need of care. Funds raised
during this year’s ride will be used to set up and implement the Motorcycle Medical Program. This
program would allow for pre and post natal care to women and babies in remote areas of Haiti, malaria
treatment and prevention resources, and other emergency medical care that has been unavailable due
to the cost of transportation and difficulty of the local terrain. Not only will the donations help save
numerous lives, they will also help give Haiti the hand up they so greatly deserve.
24 Hours for Haiti 2012, will be held from noon to noon, June 1st & 2nd , 2012 with both the start
and finish location being Ultimate Motorsports at 10612 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, TN. Upon
completion of the event at noon on Saturday the 2nd, there will be a “Welcome Home” celebration at
the dealership for the public to enjoy. There will be food, music and door prizes with donations
accepted for the cause. For more information on the Hope for Haiti Foundation, please visit their
website at: www.hopeforhaitifoundation.com. Riders wishing to join the ride must RSVP by contacting
the dealership no later than May 25th, however, you can register the day of the event beginning at
10am. Registered riders will receive 20% off on service labor rates for ride prep as well as dealer cost on
tires and installation. Those wishing to participate in the ride, donate or desiring more information on
the 24 Hours for Haiti event, can reference the website: www.24hoursforhaiti.com, or contact Kristen
at Ultimate Motorsports during business hours from 9 – 6 at 865-577-6367.