OHIO VALLEY — A Vinton County native embarked Saturday morning on a 68-mile “Try-atholon” — all in the name of supporting a scholarship.
Rich Weller, a Vinton County native, and Vinton County High School and University of Rio Grande graduate, started his trek at the bell tower in Rio Grande to Gallipolis City Park. He then kayaked up the Ohio River to Pomeroy before biking to McArthur in Vinton County.
His journey through the region supports the Weller Scholarship to give back to the community. His run started at 9 a.m., Saturday. He arrived in Gallipolis City Park at about noon before embarking up the river to Pomeroy. Weller arrived by kayak at about 11:30 a.m., Sunday at Fruth Pharmacy in Pomeroy, then biked the remainder of his journey to Vinton County High School in McArthur, where he arrived at about 3 p.m., Sunday.
Weller works as a business consultant in Michigan and feels he has been fortunate in life. The scholarship, he said, was meant to give back to students in the hopes that they might do well in life and pass on their good fortune to another person.
He has made several journeys in the name of gathering funds for the benefit of students’ futures. The Weller Scholarship Fund aims to assist Vinton County students seeking to attend college or assist VCHS alumni currently enrolled at the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College. Young adults 13 and older can apply.
The Weller family matches every dollar donated to the cause and they hope to invest and increase the scholarships payout over time. Currently, those who are awarded the scholarship receive $500.
“I’m a kid off the farm in Hamden, Ohio,” Weller said. “I’ve been pretty lucky, I guess, within the business world. I went to college there at Rio Grande and ended up moving from there and going into the business world. I work today as a business management consultant and help organizations manage their projects. I just hit a spot in my life where I decided I’d like to give back a little bit and that’s what I’m doing.”
Weller said the events he engages in help gather sponsors for the scholarship.
For those interested on donating or learning about Rich Weller’s cause visit http://gofundme.com./68MileTryathlon.