Monday, March 14, 2016

Rupert's Bicycle Jamboree

Rupert Boneham from Survivor
Here's an update on a couple of local rides. The Morse Lake Metric, which has been held in May for the past 16 years, has been discontinued. The organizers felt the area around Morse Lake has just become too congested to have a safe ride in that area. The same group also put on a ride starting in Shelbyville during June called the June Bug Jamboree. That ride has been moved to Saturday, May 21 and has a new name. It is now Rupert's Bicycle Jamboree. In addition to supporting the White River Sound Chorus and Shelbyville's Loper Elementary, the event now supports Rupert's Kids as well. For more details about the ride including how to register, visit Rupert's Bicycle Jamboree.

For those of you who don't watch the television show "Survivor," Rupert is an Indiana native who became a fan favorite when he appeared on "Survivor: Pearl Islands" in 2003. He didn't win, but returned for "Survivor: All-Stars." He didn't win that either, but after that show, a special was aired called "Survivor: America's Tribal Council." Viewers voted on which of 18 contestants they thought should be given a million dollars. Rupert was one of four finalists. He won the million dollars by taking 85 percent of the 38 million votes. After taking care of some family financial matters, Rupert used some of the prize money to start his foundation, Rupert's Kids.

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