'Razor Crusaders' ride for juvenile diabetes

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UPDATE: 4:00 p.m. - Arrived at Davis High School UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. - At 1000 South and Main Street in Centerville. An hour to an hour and a half left.
UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. - Eating at Arby's in Woods Cross
UPDATE: 12:20 p.m. - Taking a break at the Capital
UPDATE: 10:20 a.m. - At 5600 South and State St.
UPDATE: 9:30 a.m. - Leaving Sandy

PROVO -- People often find unique ways to travel to raise awareness about a cause: walking, running or biking. Some friends from Kaysville decided to travel on Razor scooters more than 65 miles in all to benefit research for juvenile diabetes. Scooters have become a popular mode of transportation for kids, but riding more than 30 miles in a day is a very long ride.

The "Razor Crusaders," as they call themselves, were hard to miss Friday as they scooted through Utah County. They are all wearing orange safety vests to make sure drivers could see them along the road.

The scooter enthusiasts have all been riding scooters together for years, and the friends have done a couple of 20-mile scooter rides before.

This time they wanted to make it 65 miles in two days. But all that riding, creates a lot of wear and tear on their scooters.

Razor Crusader Connor Moody said, "We've already had two break downs on the wheels, but we've got extra wheels and we're pretty quick at putting them back on. We only stopped for five minutes and were on our way."

The most challenging moment of the day for the teens was riding up the point of the mountain. The steep climb was tough, but they all made it, and it was downhill to their halfway point in Sandy.

Clayton Jenkins founded the "Razor Crusaders" during the 2008 fall semester at Utah State University.

So far, they have raised $600 and all of it will go to Diabetes Research Foundation International.

Jenkins says they chose juvenile diabetes because "some of our closest friends have been inflicted with Type 1 Diabetes almost their whole life, and by donating to research, we hope to help other kids in the future."

The Razor Crusaders are all resting Friday night. They will head out from Jordan Commons Saturday morning and take State Street to Kaysville.

In all, it will add up to a 65 mile trip; not bad on a razor scooter.

KSL.com will be following the progress of the 'Razor Crusaders' through Saturday.

E-mail: spenrod@ksl.com


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