June 23, 2006

Prof hopes bike trek on Natchez Trace inspires others


The Circle K Club at Dalton State, an extension of the Kiwanis Club, helped with fundraising projects.

“The Circle K Club organized a garage sale in April. We used the garage sale to fund my trip and raise extra money to donate to the American Cancer Society,” Carty said.

It took Carty nine days to complete the 444-mile journey.

“I began the ride on Saturday, May 13,” he said. “I started in Franklin, Tenn. I arrived in Natchez, Miss., on Monday, May 22.”

While at Dalton State, Carty has dedicated himself to promoting physical activity and fitness both in and out of the classroom.

“I’ve been teaching at Dalton State for three years,” he said. “I’ve organized intramural sports out of my communications class to promote fitness. I also participate in faculty intramural sports, such as flag football and basketball.”

For this project, Carty chose biking because it is an activity he was familiar with during his time as an assistant professor at a community college in New Orleans.

“I used to ride back and forth from work 10 miles each direction, every day. But I had never tried a journey as physically demanding as this,” he said.

Carty hopes completing the ride will inspire others.

“One of my goals is to promote adult fitness. I want to encourage everyone to be physically active, because it’s so important for good health. I wanted to show everyone that a trip like this was absolutely possible to accomplish. If I can do it, others can do it, too.”

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