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Residents concerned about trash left after HHH

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

The Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred wrapped up this weekend, but some Texoma residents who live near FM 1177 said, a trail of trash was left behind.

Roby Christie, the Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred Chairman, said even though some of the areas the race covers may look like the middle of nowhere, it is some one's front yard.

However, in Wichita Falls at the 60-mile marker of the Triple H, near some resident's homes were miles of trash following race.
The issue was brought to HHH officials attention via social media.
Many people responded on Facebook by saying things like “So disrespectful,” “It doesn't matter if you're riding a bike, littering is punishable with a citiation,” and “Clean up should be a part of the event planning.”
Officials reassure that it is.
     “We take care of all of our rest stops and water stops it's a major priority. We've gone through a lot of trouble to make sure that trash does not end up on the roadway, and each rest stop and water stop pick up their trash,” said Christie.
Christie adds the trash collected in that area, is not theirs.  
     “The bottles that were pictured by the gentleman that were out at that neighborhood were not the bottles that we were using,” said Christie.
As for the Red Bull cans, Christie said he contacted the distributors and told them about the incident.
He adds a Red Bull representative told him their marketing team was out there and would clean it up.

However, since it has already been done, Christie said they will have to come up with another way to make it right.
Speaking of the cleanup, on Facebook images of a seven-year-old boy named Gunner Griffin picking up trash from the side of the road has gotten the attention of many people.

He has received a lot of praise from the community for his good deed, as he is a true symbol of the meaning Don't mess with Texas.

Christie said Hotter ‘N Hell volunteers picked up trash from 250 miles of roadway, rest stops and hot spots.

He said he is sorry this happened, but it does not directly reflect the way the organization does things.
Officials with the Hotter ‘N Hell Hundred said they want to know if someone was running an unauthorized rest stop in that area.

Not that they have a problem with it, but because they want to work together with the community to eliminate issues like this.
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