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English citizen hoping to break record at 12th Annual 24 Hours in the Canyon

Chris Hopkinson on his bike during the early morning hours of a race; Source: Chris Hopkinson Chris Hopkinson on his bike during the early morning hours of a race; Source: Chris Hopkinson
Summer sun sits softly on the rocks of Palo Duro Canyon; Source: KFDA Summer sun sits softly on the rocks of Palo Duro Canyon; Source: KFDA
Chris Hopkinson stands on the podium after winning a race; Source: Chris Hopkinson Chris Hopkinson stands on the podium after winning a race; Source: Chris Hopkinson
Sign welcoming visitors at the entrance to Palo Duro Canyon; Source: KFDA Sign welcoming visitors at the entrance to Palo Duro Canyon; Source: KFDA
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Chris Hopkinson is just one of the hundreds of athletes taking part in the "24 Hours in the Canyon" bicycling event, which benefits cancer research in our area.

This year's race will be the third time the English citizen has competed in the 24 Hours in the Canyon race.

Hopkinson currently holds the course record most farthest distance traveled: 418 miles. The 418 mile journey was an accomplishment that he commemorated by tattooing the distance on his leg.

"I won it with the first record in 2015, and then I came back last year in preparation for 'Race Across America,'" said Hopkinson.

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However, Hopkinson's journey did not come without a fair share of struggle. A brutal injury more than a decade ago almost left him sidelined.

"When I smashed my left hip to pieces, I was just out cycling for work and I was told I would never walk again," said Hopkinson. "Certainly never cycle again, or race again. They put three, six-inch screws in my hip and rebuilt it around those screws."

Hopkinson was determined to get back up.

"I don't give in," said Hopkinson. "I never, ever give in. I don't have a single strain of DNA to do that, ever. I've finished [other] 24 hour races [before] with a broken leg before." 

Hopkinson takes part in more than a dozen races across the globe annually. That can account for a lot of miles.

"I'm already 12,500 miles in to this season," said Hopkinson.

The British resident even styles his hair differently for each race. This time he's going patriotic.

"We just got some blue and some red there," said Hopkinson. "It could be union jack colors, it could be."

The 24 Hours in the Canyon race means a lot to Hopkinson who takes pride in knowing he is helping those struggling with cancer.

"I think the whole race, and the fact it's combined with a mountain bike race with a road race," said Hopkinson. "I think the whole event itself is just completely unique. I cant think of a better race, especially with the support for the cancer foundation, the cancer never sleeps."

If you like to donate, visit the Harrington Cancer & Health Foundation's website, or their Facebook page and click 'donate.'

Once this race concludes, Hopkinson will only have one more race stateside before he goes back across the pond.

"It looks like September at Glenn Rose, in the Texas Time Trails, will be my last race in the USA," said Hopkinson. "After racing over [in America] for 15 years. Or you could say that Glenn Rose in September is going to be my swan song."

If you would like to watch Hopkinson, the 12th annual 24 Hours in the Canyon kicks off tomorrow at Noon in Palo Duro Canyon.

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