(Corpus Christi) – Organizers of Conquer the Coast announced today that local Corpus Christi cycling enthusiast Gretchen Arnold has been named the first Donny Kloster memorial award honoree. This recognition will be given each year to honor the former Corpus Christi cycling leader.
“Gretchen is a kind individual and all about cycling and cycling safety,” said local cyclist Al Kline. “She has been instrumental in promoting cycling and bettering the cycling community with her leadership.”
In addition to being recognized before, during and after the ride, Arnold will lead Conquer the Coast from its starting location wearing a specially designed jersey.
Guidelines and criteria for selection included:
• Promotion of cycling locally
• Promotion of rider safety
• Promotion of open communication and collaboration between all cycling groups
• Being a kind and caring individual
“Donny was an infectious cohort and a genius at bringing the community together for the love of the sport – just like Conquer the Coast,” Arnold said. “I am honored to be a part of honoring my dear friend and a sport that we love.”
Kloster, who rode from Anchorage, Alaska, to Corpus Christi in 1995, was a longtime president of South Texas Area Runners Riders and Swimmers. Known for his kindness and good nature, he constantly talked about safety to riders of all levels.
“Our family is very proud of my dad’s efforts to promote cycling and safety in Corpus Christi and we are honored that Conquer the Coast is doing something to continue his legacy,” stated Kloster’s daughter, Dawn Cox. “My dad just wanted to inspire more people to pick up cycling and fitness and enjoy life to the fullest.”
The 9th Annual Conquer the Coast takes place on Saturday, Sept. 22, and features three distinct rides from the 65-mile “long” ride around Corpus Christi Bay, to the 25-mile “intermediate” ride down scenic Shoreline and Ocean Drive and the shorter 10-mile “family cruise” through downtown Corpus Christi and Shoreline Boulevard. For more information go to http://www.conquerthecoast.org