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Hotter'N Hell Rocking Chair Marathon?

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The Hotter’N Hell Hundred was originally supposed to be a rocking chair marathon.

We had a chance to speak with one of the founding fathers of the event and discovered how it has changed over the years.

Roby Christie, Hotter’N Hell Chairmen, said in 1982, Wichita Falls was celebrating 100 years and the city was looking for an event to kick off the centennial. The original plan was to have a rocking chair marathon.

“Wichitans and the people that settled this part of the world, they were not rocking chair people. They were people with a little tenacity,” said Christie.

Roby visited the newly established bicycling club at that time and asked them what they thought.

They said they would rather ride 100 miles on a bike instead of rocking in a rocking chair. 100 miles, over 100 years in 100 degree weather. That was the beginning of the Hotter’N Hell Hundred.

“it was the largest event of its kind in the nation the very first year,” said Christie.

Christie said the event began to grow with consumer shows, mass scale spaghetti dinners and of course a hundred mile bike race. He said the Hotter’N Hell is where many things got their start.

“The first ‘CamelBaks’ were invented here as a result of Hotter’N Hell,” said Christie. “Hotter’N Hell Hundred was the largest contributor to put the falls back in Wichita Falls.”

He understands all of those things would not have been possible without the Hotter’N Hell.

Whether you're looking to experience some history or wanting to take a Hotter’N Hell bike ride, make sure to come out and celebrate this year’s Hotter’N Hell.

Brody Carter, Newschannel 6