HHH & Community

Hotter’N Hell Hundred riders are the primary beneficiaries of the annual HHH Ride. The HHH Steering Committee and 4,000 community volunteers go all out to provide the best ride possible. During the last 35 years, the HHH has supported many civic projects and organizations. The HHH steering committee has invested its resources in landmark projects that promote environmental quality, collegiate cycling, our heritage, and appreciation of our great outdoors.

The MSU Cycling Team, the collegiate bicycle racing team from Midwestern State University, is a primary recipient of HHH community investment. The MSU CyclingTeam was voted “The Collegiate Bicycle Racing Team of the Nation” in 2004. MSU is one of only 2 universities in the USA that provides cycling scholarships. HHH has made it possible for MSU to compete and win against the largest universities in the nation. From scholarships, training, uniforms, competition expenses and the cycling coach, HHH has been a catalyst for success.

Wichita Falls Streams & Valleys is a local parks and trails organization. The HHH has assisted Streams & Valleys with funding for developing trails, Natural Adventures, Adventure Racing and land purchase. The Subaru Trail Doctors, representing Texas Parks and Wildlife, referred to the Wee-Chi-Tah Trail as the best urban off-road trail in the State of Texas. HHH has provided land, equipment, and volunteers in support of Streams & Valleys parks and green space projects.

River Bend Nature Center is a local nature and environment conservatory. HHH has provided the nonprofit organization with support for land purchase, volunteers and equipment. River Bend’s mission is to connect people to the natural environment of Texas. Through educational activities and events, River Bend Nature Center promotes the value of environmental awareness and conservation to students, families, and their communities. HHH was instrumental in acquiring the land for this unique project.

The “Falls” on the Wichita River were rebuilt to reclaim the namesake of the City. The original falls were destroyed in a flood during the late 1800’s. HHH was the largest community contributor to this project. The “Falls” are now a focal point of tourism for our community.

The Wee-Chi-Tah Sculpture commemorates the Native American cultures that first inhabited our area. This larger than life sculpture of Comanche Indians features two braves on horseback, a Native American woman, a child, a mare and a colt. HHH was the largest community contributor to this isignificant social art and historic project. The sculpture was on the cover of the 2005 SBC telephone directory.

American Red Cross – HHH donated materials to build a mobile food service trailer for disasters and provided matching funds to help purchase transport vans for handicapped persons. HHH Makes a significant annual contribution to the Wichita Falls Chapter.

Children’s Miracle Network–The HHH has made huge annual contributions to the Children’s Miracle Network beginning in 2007 and continuing through the current year.

BikeTexas: The mission of BikeTexas is to advance bicycle access, safety and education in Texas. BikeTexas seeks to develop and steward the future of bicycling in Texas and encourage bicycle use as a healthy and mainstream lifestyle and transportation choice. BikeTexas annually attends HHH and has a prominent booth in the Consumer Show. The HHH believes in their mission and is one of the major supporters of BikeTexas activities.

Boy Scouts of America: The volunteers from the BSA Order of The Arrow provide the water for the rest stops at the annual HHH Endurance Ride. HHH provides significant annual support for their activities and the BSA Camp Perkins.

Wichita County 4H: HHH has provided donations for various projects.

Greater Wichita Falls Soccer Association:  HHH provided funding for the field lights and to aid in the purchase of bleachers for the GWFSA fields at the Memorial Stadium complex.

Sheppard Air Force Base:  Sheppard provides a significant base of volunteers for the annual HHH weekend. They also host an award winning rest stop and cheer on the riders as they wrap up their individual endurance activities. A major group of the volunteers are the SeaBees. HHH partners with the SeaBees as the official Squadron Adopter and financially supports the SeaBees Navy Ball each year.

Traffic Safety Commission

Wichita County Sheriffs Department:  HHH has purchased radios, bulletproof vests and hostage shields.

Wichita Amateur Radio Society: HHH has purchased radio repeater equipment and provided funding to repair the storm warning systems that connect with the National Weather Service .

Wichita Falls Police Department Crime Stoppers: HHH provided a computer that helps these crime fighters track their projects and catch criminals.

Wichita Falls Parks and Recreation: HHH provided $36,000 for development of the Falls and trails from the Falls to Lucy Park. $30,000 was contributed as a matching fund for the Circle Trail construction from Weeks Park to Southwest Parkway. The HHH has been the largest contributor to multi-use trail projects in Wichita Falls (bicycle/pedestrian trail).

YMCA of Wichita Falls: HHH provides annual donations supporting Partners With Youth, the Soap Box Derby and the Y-Tri.  HHH Camping & Childcare activities provide necessary services to the HHH participants and an opportunity for the Y to highlight their services.

Clay County Amateur Radio Society: HHH provided funding for repeater equipment and other small projects in the North Texas area. The equipment is used for storm warning systems that work with the National Weather Service.

Clay County Community Groups: Byers VFD, Katie’s Kid’s Camp & Dean Dale VFD.

MSU Cycling Sculpture: the HHH Steering Committee commissioned sculptor Jack Stevens of Iowa Park, Texas, to create a sculpture of two larger-than-life-size bicycle riders. The sculpture has been donated to Midwestern State University and is permanently sited on campus. The sculpture is the centerpiece for the MSU Bicycle Racing Team’s Ring of Honor that commemorates racers who have won national championships.

Wichita Falls Urban Renewal: In 1996, the Wichita Falls Bicycling Club purchased two buildings on Scott St. adjacent to the MPEC. The buildings have been the subject of major beautification efforts in an area sorely in need of upgrading. The buildings are used for storage and for community/committee meetings. The annual HHH Endurance Ride starts on Scott St immediately adjacent the HHH Club house.

Wichita County Fire Departments: The local VFD’s provide support in the form of SAG wagons and Rest Stop hosting. Our partners include: Wichita East VFD, Wichita West VFD, Burkburnett FD, Cameron Gardens VFD, Friburg – Cooper VFD, Iowa Park FD, & Punkin Center VFD.

The Steering Committee donates many HHH items to community organizations for use at out of town events, for charity auctions, raffles and other fundraisers. They also assist other nonprofit rides and runs with event numbers, wrist bands and T-shirts when available.