Hundreds Turn Out for 30th Annual Chile Pepper Challenge


POSTED: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 2:56pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 10:58am

EL PASO - Hundreds of bike riders participated in the 30th annual Chile Pepper Challenge, today. The event benefits four local charities; it stretched from different areas of El Paso to Santa Teresa.

About 650 cyclists took part in the event. Some rode for ten miles and others took on the 100-mile challenge.

Participants said although it was hard work, they enjoyed the ride.

"It was a lot of fun because I had a group of guys and girls...we were trading, drafting each we worked together and we had a pretty good time," said Mark Spelman.

Organizers emphasized the importance of the Chile Pepper Challenge.

"We are donating to four local charities. This ride benefits the El Paso Hospice, Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso, the Morris Children's Home and the Animal Rescue League," said Rebecca Reza, the event coordinator.

Unfortunately, one bike rider was injured at the event. We're told he crashed on Transmountain and broke his collar bone. He was taken to University Medical Center for treatment. He's expected to be ok.

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