Local man cycles to benefit children’s CASA program

By Denise Hartsee
Yellowstone Newspapers

  Shan Fluss from the Terry area will be participating in the Sixth Annual Park-2-Park bike ride for abused and neglected children.

     The ride will include more than 35 riders who will be biking across Montana.
       The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, through Friday, Sept. 10, and covers an area from St. Mary on the eastern side of Glacier National Park along US 89 to Gardiner near Yellowstone National Park.
      Each rider is expected to raise at least $300 in pledges for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), a nonprofit network that supports and promotes court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children. CASA of Montana is still seeking more sponsors for the ride. Businesses also may sponsor local bike riders.
Distances of the daily rides are 55 to 100 miles. Local CASA programs in the areas through which bikers will ride will provide meals, snacks and support services.
“Although I don’t have a personal experience with abused and neglected children, I feel participating in this benefit ride will be a great way to help out a cause I truly feel is very much needed,” said Fluss. “With a local office in Miles City, I decided to take part as a way to bring awareness to the problem of abused and neglected children.”
Fluss has been training for the event by riding his bicycle three to four times a week for a couple of hours at a time. He figures he has been riding 100 or more miles a week.
He added he has participated in several bike rides, but no multi-day events. The farthest he has ridden at one time is a 100-mile ride sponsored by the Helena Bicycle Club in the Helena area. He also recently participated in a bike ride in Billings, biking 70 miles one day and 40 the next.
     Fluss, who ranches at Terry, graduated from Terry High School in 1988 and has made his home there. He said he had been riding a bicycle for years, but is relatively new to the sport of marathon biking.
He decided to participate in the Park-2-Park event because, “I feel no child ever deserves to be abused or neglected. It is not just a bike ride, it is for a great cause.”
Fluss added with a smile that after he participates in this year’s Park-2-Park ride, “I may just trade in my work boots for cycling shoes.”
Anyone needing more information, wishing to make a donation to the Park-2-Park event or sponsor Fluss may go online at park2parkmontana.org and type in Fluss’ name or call the CASA office in Miles.

Published August 25, 2010

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