Dallas Morris Article in Calgary Sun

http://www.calgarysun.com/news/alberta/2009/06/06/9696901-sun.html

Cycling all day and night across six U.S. states in 92 hours, Dallas Morris hopes to put a new spin on the phrase “putting the pedal to the metal.”

Morris, 34, an apprentice machinist in engineering at the University of Calgary, is competing against 13 others in the 1,680-km Race Across the West, which is part of the Race Across America.

“More people have summited Mount Everest than who have finished the Race Across America,” he said.

“This is one stage, as fast as you can go, as soon as you can get there.”

With a support team following him in a van, Morris will ultra-cycle from Oceanside, Calif., to Taos, N.M., in three days and 20 hours, with limited stops to sleep in the vehicle.

“During the race we don’t stop — I might sleep for one hour in the van and then go again,” he said.

“That’s part of the challenge.”

During his quest, which begins June 17, he hopes to raise funds and awareness for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

Though he qualified for the Race Across America by cycling a record-breaking 805 km in 27 hours and 14 minutes in the Texas Time Trial last year, Morris chose to do the first third of the competition because it’s about $20,000 cheaper.

His dream is to compete in the full Race Across America next year. To support Morris, visit http://www.dreamsofraam.org

KATIE.SCHNEIDER@SUNMEDIA.CA

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