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Diabetes benefit scooter ride honors friend, raises funds
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PARTICIPANTS in the ride leaving St. George on July 10.
PARTICIPANTS in the ride leaving St. George on July 10.

KAYSVILLE - It’s a great ride for a great friend.

The Razor Crusaders, a Kaysville-based razor scooter group, is riding from St. George to Kaysville July 10-12 in order to raise money for diabetes research. The ride will culminate in a celebration carnival on July 12 at 4 p.m. at Davis High School.

The world-record long effort is being done in honor of Clayton Jenkins, a type 1 diabetic and co-founder of the Crusaders who died a few years ago.

“It’s been a great experience,” said Connor Moody, who co-founded the Crusaders with Jenkins. “It was nice to see the turnout of so many friends and family.”

Razor scooters are compact folding kick scooters that are propelled entirely by human power. A team of 24 participants rode the scooters on their journey up from St. George, supported by volunteers in two RVs. The razor scooter riders would take shifts, alternating two hours of riding with six hours in the RV.

“We’re kind of leapfrogging each other,” said Moody, calling from the middle of the journey. “We had three riders on the road at all times, and 10 miles ahead we’d have three other riders.”

Despite the rotation, traveling the entire 380-mile long distance by scooter was exhausting for all the participants.

“There’s a lot of fatigue,” he said. “We have to focus a lot to make sure our spirits stayed high. We have to stay motivated and remember why we were doing this.”

The riders raised over $30,000 for research and to raise diabetes awareness, with some of the funds coming from corporate sponsorships, online crowdfunding, and a benefit concert in Provo held in conjunction with the ride.

“We’re just trying to raise diabetes awareness,” said Moody.

Members of the Crusaders took a similar journey in 2007, when they rode scooters from Provo up to Kaysville. The group raised a few thousand dollars during that ride, which Jenkins participated in.

“We always wanted to do a bigger one,” said Moody.

Though the completed ride will surpass the current world record, a technicality will keep the Crusaders from making it into the record books. According to Guinness, the group that oversees the Guinness Book of World Records, distance records can only be set on a completely flat surface like a high school track. During their ride, the Crusaders climbed 200 feet in elevation.

Still, those taking part in the ride don’t mind.

“We’re glad we did it the way we did,” said Moody. “It’s a lot more fun to say you’ve ridden across the state than that you’ve ridden in someone’s backyard for 37 hours straight.” 

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