Blind Cyclist Bobby McMullen Featured at Simpson University Spaghetti Dinner and Red Hawk Ride
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. - Extreme athlete Bobby McMullen, a Redding native who has been inducted into the National Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame, will be the featured guest at an outdoor spaghetti dinner Friday, April 8, at Simpson University.
The 6:30 p.m. event—which includes an hourlong movie about McMullen—is a fundraiser for the Athletics Department and a pre-cursor to the April 9 inaugural Red Hawk Ride, a community event featuring bike rides of 6, 18, 38 and 69 miles that start and finish on the College View Drive campus.
Tickets for the dinner cost $10 and can be purchased at the event or through Red Hawk Ride registration online at simpsonu.edu/redhawkride. The dinner will be held on the main boulevard through campus, 2211 College View Drive.
An award-winning documentary about McMullen, who plans to participate in the Red Hawk Ride, will be shown outside after the spaghetti dinner. In spite of challenges that include diabetes, vision loss, kidney failure, organ transplants, open-heart surgery, and cancer, McMullen spent seven years as a member of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team, was a two-time U.S. Disabled Overall Downhill champion, and is a nominee to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.
“The Way Bobby Sees It,” which premiered at the Cascade Theatre in Redding in 2008, follows McMullen’s preparation for and competition in the 2007 Downieville Classic Mountain Bike Race, a 17-mile course said to be the country’s most challenging downhill race. As a blind cyclist, McMullen relies on a guide to ride ahead of him and call out obstacles.
McMullen, who lives in Mill Valley, got married in 2012 and continues to race. He and his wife have a 22-month-old daughter.
The Red Hawk Ride seeks to raise scholarship money for deserving students who need financial help to complete their education. Sixty percent of Simpson University’s undergraduates are either first-generation college students and/or economically underprivileged.
Ride entry fees range from $10 to $65 for early bird registration. After March 20, entry costs are $20 to $75. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/redhawkride.
Learn more about McMullen at the Ride Blind Racing website.
Photos by Matthew Mallory / from rideblindracing.com
Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.
Contact: SU Public Relations