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Right, Mark Bottom rides on the NUMB Ride for Hunger last week with wife, Renae, close behind. (Courtesy photo.)


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Mark and Renae Bottom take a stop near Oxford last week. (Courtesy photo.)


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Map shows route of 23rd annual NUMB Ride for Hunger. (Courtesy graphic.)

Bottoms bike for childhood hunger

    Local bicyclers Mark and Renae Bottom recently completed a roughly 230 mile bike tour across southwest Nebraska and northwest Kansas.
    Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger (NUMB), celebrating its 23rd year in 2018, is a four-day camping bike tour sponsored by the Great Plains United Methodist Conference Mercy & Justice Team.
    The Great Plains United Methodist Conference is based in Topeka, Kansas and covers all of Nebraska and Kansas.
    All proceeds are split between four hunger-relief agencies: the Heifer Project, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the Food Bank of Lincoln and Food Bank for the Heartland (Omaha) and The Society of St. Andrew.
History of NUMB
    While on a stormy night during BRAN one year, Rev. Bill Ritter and Greg Bakewell came up with the idea for NUMB.
    Ritter had just come from a United Methodist meeting where Nebraska Conference Hunger Committee Chair David Jefferson said how little funding there is for hunger projects supported by the United Methodist Church.
    The first NUMB ride was in 1996, but was reformatted to make the ride more friendly to all levels of bikers.



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