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The top riders with Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs stand with a trophy for “Get on Your Bike and Ride” month aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 17, 2016. NREA took first place aboard the installation for total miles logged during the 29-day event. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Levi Schultz/Released)

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Combat Center rides for environment, health

21 Nov 2016 | Cpl. Levi Schultz Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Through the month of October, the Combat Center collectively cycled 12,201 miles and burned 668,659 calories, all while preserving the environment by reducing 6,893 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. According to nationalbikechallenge.org, the installation’s 58 riders who participated in the inaugural “Get on Your Bike and Ride” month ranked 6th in the nation for total miles logged in October.
Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs hosted the month-long event to promote healthier living and maintaining the Combat Center’s standard of being good stewards of our environment.

“We used an internet site called nationalbikechallenge.org that allows you to log miles and points and then breaks it down individually by work sites, states, individuals nation-wide,” said Norman Troy, munitions specialist, NREA. “The greatest benefit to the environment is a reduction in the carbon footprint. If you’re going to take a short trip to the store or going to drive to work you could cut down on that impact by hopping on your bike instead.”

Taking first place for individuals aboard the installation, Chuck Hill, compliance support supervisor, NREA, logged more than 1,197 miles over the 29-day event; an astounding 41 miles per day.

“I wasn’t really into riding a lot, but I am now,” Hill said. “I was riding to work in the morning, out to Camp Wilson during lunch and back home at the end of the day. I had a really good time and I feel healthier too.”
NREA took first place for the installation in total miles logged.

According to Eddy Valls, NREA air resources manager and organizer for “Get on Your Bike and Ride” month, the event was a huge success and there will be many opportunities for participation in upcoming cycling events in April and May.

“We would first like to thank all those who participated and took the time to put in the miles,” Valls said. “We also want to thank those riders who put in the big miles and kept the rest of us chasing until the end of the month; truly motivating.”

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