Loops For Hoops

Century, Half Century, Other

Event Date

Sat, May 2, 2015


Huntington, WV


Activity Today Later

Cycling-Century - Cycling-Century

$35 $35 Closed

Cycling-Half Century - Cycling-Half Century

$35 $35 Closed

Cycling-30 Mile - Cycling-30 Mile

$35 $55 Closed

Other-0 - Volunteers

$0 $0 Closed

About This Activity

The Tri-State Cycling Challenge is to further support the Hoops Family Children's Hospital. Our hearts are with the children and families that deserve our assistance. To discover more about our mission, please continue to read.

About Us

The Hoops Family Children’s Hospital (HFCH) is a 72-bed children’s hospital within a hospital located on the Fifth Floor of Cabell Huntington Hospital. HFCH is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association and includes a 36-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a 26-bed General Pediatrics Unit and a 10-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The facility is currently undergoing a $12 million renovation project to reconstruct the units for general pediatrics and pediatric intensive care.

The Hoops Family Children’s Hospital is supported by Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists in neurosurgery, general surgery, neurology, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, cardiology, pediatric oncology and other disciplines caring for patients from more than 29 counties throughout West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio. Specialized units offer the latest in medical technology and individual treatment for critically ill newborns, children and teens. Specially equipped air and ground transport services are always ready for infants and pediatric patients requiring immediate attention.

The Story of our Children's Hospital

For families in the Tri-State, the first place to go for medical care for children has always been Cabell Huntington Hospital, which became known for the high quality of care and wide range of services it offers to parents and their infants and children, including:

The Toll on the Family

Despite the wide array of services and the dedicated staff and physicians offered at Cabell Huntington Hospital, many children from our community were still seeking treatment elsewhere. By 2009, it was estimated that about 500 pediatric medical and surgical patients were leaving the Tri-State each year to be treated out of state. When families must leave the area to seek medical care far away, the difficulties are compounded. One or both parents may be missing work to stay with the child, resulting in financial hardship and loss. Sisters and brothers at home still need love and attention, especially during this stressful time. Anxiety and fear over the child’s condition and the future weigh heavily on family and friends. And, for the sake of their sick child, parents and family must put aside their feelings of isolation and apprehension to focus on being positive.

Beth Sparks, the mother of a baby boy who had to be transported to Cincinnati for care, knows the stress of the situation first-hand. "The entire time we were there, we had no income. Not only were we still paying our mortgage and our bills and caring for our two children back home, but we had to stay in Cincinnati and pay for lodging, food and travel and other things we needed there. For us, being able to be home with our families during such a difficult time would have helped our sanity. Financially, and to alleviate stress— it would have made a huge difference."

Support for Families

To avoid such pressures and better serve the children and families of the Tri-State, in Cabell Huntington Hospital embarked on a fundraising campaign to establish a facility here on campus that is dedicated to the care of children— a hospital within a hospital. Using the existing technology, services and expertise offered by Cabell Huntington Hospital, the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine as its foundation, the new facility would attract top-quality physicians with a wide variety of pediatric specialties to Huntington —enabling more ill and injured children to be cared for close to home.

Over the past 50 years, Cabell Huntington Hospital has seen the development of many lefts of excellence in health care.  It's time for Cabell Huntington and the community to take a bold step toward providing state-of-the-art health care for our most precious asset, our children. It's time for the region to have a children's hospital.

With a groundswell of support from employees and the community, and fundraising efforts both large and small, the campaign continued to build momentum. And in 2011, thanks to the generous hearts of the Hoops family, a $3 million donation allowed construction to begin. A variety of pediatric specialists are already in place and providing services. When the Hoops Family Children's Hospital is complete in 2015, the quality of the new family-friendly facility will finally match the high quality of care being offered.

Our Ongoing Need

The Hoops Family Children's Hospital cares for those who are ill or injured, regardless of their ability to pay. We provide a disproportionate share of services to children in need, and each year, pediatric patients receive the benefit of more than $30 million in care that is not reimbursed by their public insurance programs. Because of these shortfalls, ongoing support is still needed. In addition, the plans for Hoops Family Children's Hospital reach far beyond its completion date. Our goal is to offer children and families the latest technology and services close to home, and such innovations are expensive.

For more information about the Hoops Family Children's Hospital and what you can do to help, please visit http://hoopschildrens.org/?pk_campaign=chh-hl.

Event details and schedule

Participant is required to sign waiver at time of packet pick-up.**


Friday, May 1, 2015

  • 4pm - 7pm: Packet pick up at Huntington's Kitchen located at 911 3rd Avenue in Huntington. Once you have your packet, pick up your complimentary pasta dinner and carb up! Additional meals for non-participating family members are available for $5 each. For those that cannot make it, there will be a packet pick-up starting at 7am the day of the tour at the starting area.
  • 6pm: Guest Speaker, Joe Eldrige of Novo Nordisk professional cycling team, and following, join us as for the "Blessing of the Bikes" by Pastor Pat Elliott at Pullman Square gazebo.

The rest of the evening is yours to explore Huntington, WV and the surrounding area. Pullman Square offers a variety options from Marquee Cinemas to Cold Stone Ice Cream to Starbucks.

Puruse the quaint shops located downtown at Heritage Station and downtown Huntington or try one of the many craft beers at Huntington's Summit Beer Station. Perhaps wine is more to your liking and you would prefer the Sip Wine Bar, try a delicious snack from the River and Rail Bakery or a workout at Brown Dog Yoga. There is so much to see and do!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

  • 7am: Packet pick-up for those that were unable to the day prior.
  • 8am: Let the tour begin!
  • 6pm: All riders are expected to have completed their intended course by this time. Please be mindful and honest with yourself and select the distance you are physically capable of completing in the time allowed.

The 2015 Inaugural Loops for Hoops Tri-State Challenge will take you on a scenic tour. The routes are in the process of being finalized and will be posted soon.

Each rest stop will have facilities, refreshments, first aid and assistance with minor bike repairs by neighborhood bike shops and bike enthusiast.

The second rest stop will accommodate those wishing to shed warmer gear. Bags will be available to place items in and will be waiting for you upon your return to Marshall University's football stadium. 

All rides return to the Marshall University football stadium where a masseuse is available for a post-ride massage to assist with releasing muscle tension. What a wonderful way to reward yourself for not only accomplishing the loops but for supporting the Hoops Family Children's Hospital.


1. Holiday Inn & Suites:


 Address: 800 3rd Ave, Huntington, WV 25701

 Phone: (304) 523-8880

2. Pullman Plaza Hotel:


Address: 1001 3rd Ave, Huntington, WV 25701

Phone: (304) 525-1001

3. Hampton Inn:


 Address: 177 Kinetic Dr, Huntington, WV 25701

 Phone: (304) 523-8001

4. TownePlace Suites by Marriott:


Address: 157 Kinetic Dr, Huntington, WV 25701

Phone: (304) 525-4877


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