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April 23, 2014

The Denton Orator

The 15th annual Tour de Kale opens registration for the June event and announces the 2014 Beneficiaries
By Kelly Bledsoe
The premier one-day benefit bicycle tour and 5K run, better known as the Tour de Kale, has opened registration and announced plans for the 15th annual ride. Scheduled for Saturday, June 21 and renowned for its beautiful course and ideal riding conditions, the Tour de Kale provides the perfect opportunity for an early summer charitable cycling tour.

Tour de Kale has evolved over the past fifteen years into an extremely well executed and highly anticipated event in the cycling and running world. Riders from all over the southeast mark off the third Saturday in June for this premiere event. Riders and runners return year after year, catching up with old friends and making new ones all for the sake of helping someone in their time of need.

Tour de Kale is a benefit bike ride with benefits. TDK was founded in February 2000, by a group of friends who envisioned hosting a benefit bike ride and 5K run to help raise money to cover the medical expenses of namesake Kale Watkins after a skiing accident left him paralyzed. The event continues to grow thanks to dedicated riders and volunteers who are willing to go the extra mile for this wonderful cause.

What better way to help someone in need than through a ride that is a fun, healthy and adventurous activity - something that Kale, being an outdoor enthusiast, thoroughly endorses.

Tour de Kale organizers have announced this year’s beneficiaries as Steve Peele and Wendy Martin. Each year TDK strives to make a difference for the beneficiaries and their families. This year is no different. The volunteers of Tour de Kale are committed to giving their best efforts to help these families with their financial burdens.
Steve Peele is a 50 year-old resident of Denton with severe diabetes. In 2011 he had his left lower leg amputated due to PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease) as a result of his diabetes. During the last 3 years he has been in and out of hospitals. Several by-pass surgeries have been performed to open veins in his legs in hopes of saving his right leg. He has recently had a fistula fixed in his right arm in preparation for dialysis as his kidneys are failing. The fistula failed after only 6 months because the vein became blocked. Another fistula was then fixed in his left are with hopes of it still working when the time for dialysis comes. In early January 2014 Steve suffered a mild heart attack. He continues to have blockages over his entire body but nothing can be done due to the lack of good veins, and the medical bills continue to build.

Wendy Martin is a 57 year-old resident of Denton. She is married to Rodney Martin. Wendy is the mother of 3 grown children Cassie, Courtney, and Carlie. She is also the grandmother of six. In July 2013 Wendy was diagnosed with inflammatory breast disease. After receiving her diagnosis, she underwent 16 chemotherapy treatments. During her treatments she endured several hospital stays due to complications and infections. She received her final treatment on January 22, 2014. On March 4 Wendy underwent a mastectomy. She will begin radiation treatments in late April or early May. Wendy is employed at Jed’s BBQ in Asheboro and currently unable to work. Her husband, Rodney, is unable to work as well due to illness and recent back surgeries.

As always, Tour de Kale kicks off from The Denton Farm Park (Denton Farmpark 1072 Cranford Road, Denton, NC) and includes a variety of ride options with the Summit Challenge and 135k, for the serious cyclists, leaving at 8:00am. The 110k, 60k, and 25k events follow at 8:30am. Registration covers t-shirt, home-cooked meal, sag support, traffic control plus the chance to race, ride or at times walk up one of the best hills in NC. Individual registration is only $35.00 or $40.00 day of event. Groups of 6 or more $25 each and must be turned in by June 1.
The 5k Twilight Glow is a road race through the streets of Denton and begins at 9:00pm in Harrison Park located in downtown Denton. There will be food and a live band. Registration is $20.00.

Information on registration can be obtained by visiting the website at; by emailing; or by calling the TDK hotline at 336-313-9544. The goal of Tour de Kale is to promote fitness and help others who are less fortunate. For more information on the annual Tour de Kale, visit their website at


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