Rodney Markland riding in the Race Across
(Batesville, Ind.) – A local policeman riding in the 3,000 mile Race Across America will be passing through southeast Indiana today.
Lawrenceburg officer Rodney Markland is riding with team RideNFor a Reason the bike race to raise awareness for Neurofibromatosis. His wife, Jill, has been following the team by car.
Called NF for short, the illness affects one in every 3,000 children in the United States, including Rodney’s six-year-old son, Jesse. There is neither a cure nor treatment for NF.
Rodney’s team is on pace to pass through Batesville around 6:30 Friday evening. They plan to stop for dinner at the Skyline Chili restaurant, 994 SR 229 North.
Their route today includes going through Greensburg, then using State Road 46 to reach Batesville where they will take State Road 229 to St. Mary’s Road on the way to Brookville. They will then travel Oxford Pike Road across the state line towards Oxford, Ohio.
The race began in Oceanside, California on June 18. The team began Friday morning with 900 miles to go to the finish line in Annapolis, Maryland.
It’s been a roller coaster ride for the team. They nearly faced elimination while travelling through the Rocky Mountains, but made up 11 hours Thursday.
People interested in RideNFor a Reason’s progress can stay updated by visiting Jill Markland’s blog, http://www.angels4jesse.com/angels4jesse.com/Blog/Blog.html.
Donations for the Children’s Tumor Foundation can be made at http://www.active.com/donate/nfraam2011/RMarkla7.