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Long distance bike ride in honor of track coach concludes

July 28, 2014

Morning News-Lisa Lete Bicyclists (left to right) Mattie Mulick and Nora Parkinson relax and take media questions after pedaling nearly 700 miles across the state in honor of their friend, the late Jackie Poulson, former ISU track coach and Blackfoot resident. Their two-week journey concluded in Pocatello at ISU's Davis Field at around noon on Saturday where friends and supporters greeted them and a celebratory barbecue was held in honor of Poulson's life and legacy.

POCATELLO-A bike ride across the state by Mattie Mulick and Norah Parkinson, two friends and former teammates of the late Jackie Poulson (Blackfoot resident and Idaho State University track coach), came to an end at ISU's Davis Field on Saturday afternoon.
Poulson was tragically electrocuted two years ago in the Groveland area. Her future father-in-law Keith Tarpley and friend Lance Hicks also died in the accident.
The duo, both ISU alumni, started on the their journey from Coeur d'Alene two weeks ago to raise money for the Jackie Poulson Memorial Scholarship Fund (a fund formed to directly aid ISU track and field students).
About 50 bicyclists that included Poulson's fiancee'  Kyle Tarpley (and nine of his nieces and nephews), her mother Deb Poulson-Bailey, friends and even people who had never met Poulson before, met Mulick and Parkinson in Blackfoot on Saturday morning for the final trek into Pocatello.
Mulick and Parkinson, who had never taken on a long distance bike ride before, reflected on their experience upon reaching their destination.
Read the full story in Monday's Morning News.

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