Mother and Son Ride the HHH in Memory of a Loved One

By Jessica Bruno

Published 08/23 2014 01:20PM

Updated 08/23 2014 06:56PM

Thousands and thousands of people from all over the world traveled to Wichita Falls to peddle for the medal this morning for the annual Hotter'N Hell hundred, and for one local mother and son today was more then just a ride, but a way to honor the memory of a loved one.

"When he rode when he was ten, we rode together with my dad, and so this is the second time we've riden together, so yeah it's kind of bittersweet," Wynsu Kowalick from Wichita Falls says, referencing her son. 

Wichita falls native Wynsu Kowilack and her son, Casey Hough, rode the 25 mile ride this year in honor of Wynsu's father, who completed the century ride in 1987.

This is the fourth year that Wynsu rode in his memory, but for her son Casey, it's his first.

"I drove down all the way from Kansas City just to do it," Hough says. 

Wnysu says this year is also special because she is the same age her father was when he completed the hundred mile.

When we caught the pair right after they crossed the finish line, she said after riding 25 miles she would love to go even further in years to come.

"When we saw the cutoff for 25, I was thinking oh man if only I had trained harder I would have kept going straight and done the hundred," she says. 

But no matter the mile, the two say they feel accomplished and blessed to be able to share this day to honor and remember a family member who touched their lives.

"He'd be proud of us," Wynsu says.

The two say they hope to ride together in his memory in the coming years as well.  

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