Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun May 28, 2017
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Sgt. Sarah Garrett-Jones and Capt. Jeremy Crabb, police officers for the University of Central Arkansas, are gearing up to ride in the 545-mile AIDS/LifeCycle race June 4-10 in California. This will be Crabb’s third time to participate in the event and Garrett-Jones’ first. Crabb said awareness of the issue is important, and the money raised from the event makes “a real difference in the lives of real people every day.”

Cycling for a cause

UCA officers set to ride in AIDS/LifeCycle race

University of Central Arkansas Police Capt. Jeremy Crabb said the first time he rode 545 miles in the AIDS/LifeCycle race in California was “pretty scary,” and he questioned why he was doing it. “It was exciting up to the point that we were actually getting on our bikes and getting on the road and riding through the cold San Francisco fog down the coast. I kept thinking, ‘What have I gotten myself into? Why am I doing this?’” Then the f... READ MORE

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RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

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CALENDAR

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