Bikers ride for woman beaten on trail - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Bikers ride for woman beaten on trail


More than three dozen bicyclists arrived at the Silver Comet Trail before the sun had even risen Tuesday. They were there to support the woman beaten on the trail exactly one week ago.

Tina Waddell, 42, was jogging the trail in Paulding County when she said a man attacked her. Investigators said they still did not have a motive and no arrests had been made.

When Robert Wilhite, a cycling coach, and Kevin Avery, an Atlanta DJ, heard what had happened, they vowed to help. Neither man knows Tina Waddell.

"We don't want to let one senseless act take something that the whole city loves from us," explained Avery who bikes the trail daily.

The two decided to bike the entire Silver Comet Trail from Smyrna to the Alabama state line and back, 120 miles round-trip.

The word got out, and dozens of other bicyclists joined them Tuesday morning, even a skater.

"I'm in support of trying to stop this nonsense from happening again," said Mark Day, who skated behind the bikers.

"You can't thank everybody who's done everything for her. It's just amazing there are so many good people in this world," said Tina Waddell's husband, Jim Waddell, as he greeted the bikers.

Jim Waddell said his wife's swelling has gone down drastically, and she even laughed a few days ago. Tina Waddell was slated to have surgery Tuesday. He said she could be released from the hospital in a few days.

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