On Thursday, Sept. 2, Huntington Bicycle Shop Owner Brooks Fetters received an official Little 500 bicycle, presented by Little 500 Mechanic Greg Souder.
According to Little 500 Race Director Hank Duncan, “The Little 500 is a cycling race hosted annually on the campus of Indiana University (IU) Bloomington for undergraduate students at IU. Its purpose is to raise funds for student scholarships and enrich the IU student experience.”
“It is modeled after the Indianapolis 500 with 33 teams in the women’s and men’s fields and is raced around a quarter-mile cinder track,” Duncan continued.
The first men’s race was in 1951 and the first women’s race was in 1988.
Fetters had the opportunity to be Souder’s guest mechanic for the 2021 race in May. He was gifted the bicycle for being a “long-time supporter” of the Little 500 race.
Souder recalled Fetters’ enthusiasm, saying, “I have never seen a man enjoy a day as much as this man enjoyed that day.”
The Indiana University Student Foundation, the organization in charge of the race, says that they “want to reward long-time supporters of our mission and race.”
“These local bike shop owners have shown that they genuinely care about the Little 500 and its positive effects around the state,” Duncan said. “These previously-raced Little 500 bikes encompass so much history in them, and we thought that they would be best used in places where Little 500 riders are born and raised.”
“This is a real honor to have one of these here in Huntington at the local bike shop for people to come see. We will have this on display somewhere in this main area,” Fetters said. “We’re looking forward to when some Huntington kid decides to go to IU and they want to do this because this is a whole extracurricular activity for some students down there and it really helps cement them in the campus community.”
For more information on the Little 500, visit iusf.indiana.edu/little500.