TJC held its 2nd “90 for 90th” bike ride – a two-day, 90-mile bicycle tour spanning the length of TJC’s enrollment district, from Quitman to Rusk – on Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8.
Riders from as far away as the state of Washington joined the celebratory tour which was a bookend to the first “90 for 90th” ride, which kicked off of TJC’s 90th anniversary celebration last spring. The beautiful East Texas spring weather provided optimal conditions which added to the success of the bike tour.
TJC President Dr. Mike Metke, an avid fitness proponent and cycling enthusiast, led the bike tour.
“Having the bike ride gave us the opportunity to personally travel the entire area of TJC’s service district,” said Dr. Metke. “We wanted to bring home the fact that, in each of these towns, TJC is their college.”
The rides began at 10 a.m. and covered 45 miles each day. On Day 1, the ride began at Jim Hogg State Park in Quitman, proceeded through Mineola and Lindale and finished at the TJC main campus. On Day 2, the ride began at 10 a.m. at Jim Hogg State Park in Rusk, continued north through Jacksonville and Whitehouse, and finished at Pat Hartley Field on the TJC campus where a cookout was held for riders and friends.