Ohio Cyclist Inspired to Ride for Veterans
Motivated by son’s combat injury, Doug Chivington, to raise funds to help struggling veterans
MARYSVILLE, OHIO – Doug Chivington is combining his passion for ultra-distance cycling and supporting military veterans into a yearlong quest to educate others about traumatic brain injuries and the mission of the Resurrecting Lives Foundation.
Chivington, 59, of Bellefontaine, plans to participate in several ultra-distance cycling events to raise funds for the Ohio-based foundation, which coordinates and advocates for a successful transition to a post-military career and life for veterans with traumatic brain injuries.
A lifelong runner and cyclist, Chivington has focused on ultra-distance cycling – events of 100 miles or more – for about 10 years. He has been able to train full-time after retiring in March from Honda of America, where he was a human resources manager.
While at Honda, he met Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, who founded the foundation, when she spoke to company officials about hiring veterans.
His interest in helping veterans is motivated by his son’s combat injury suffered in 2006 while he was serving in Iraq. His son has recovered but Chivington said he became an advocate for veterans with such injuries.
“God has given me the talent to sit on a bicycle for a long period of time,” he said. “I would like to ride with a purpose and support our Veterans.”
In addition to the foundation he said he is sponsored by Cycle Zone, a bicycle shop, and BRL Sports Nutrition.
He is training to set a state record for his age group (50-59) for the World UltraCycling Association. He plans to do it on September 11, traveling from the Cincinnati Zoo to the Toledo Zoo.
In 2020 he plans to participate in at least four ultra-distance cycling events. He hopes to raise at least $50,000 for the foundation. He also plans to meet with veterans and create a cycling team for the foundation.
“I would like to ride with a purpose and support our Veterans.”
“It will be mentally and physically challenging to do these events and there is a connection with veterans because recovering from a traumatic brain injury is mentally and physically challenging,” he said. “I don’t want them to give up.”
The foundation believes he can accomplish his goals, said Dr. Gordon.
“It is incredible,” she said. “We are so grateful for his efforts and proud to be a part of his journey.”
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