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Man's 'Ride to Give' from NY ends in GA

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Tripp is ready to ride for the final mile. (July 1, 2013/FOX Carolina) Tripp is ready to ride for the final mile. (July 1, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Dave Nazaroff crosses into SC. (Source: Carol Swarbrick) Dave Nazaroff crosses into SC. (Source: Carol Swarbrick)
Photo of Tripp Halstead from Tripp Halstead Updates Facebook page Photo of Tripp Halstead from Tripp Halstead Updates Facebook page
Photo of Dave Nazaroff from TOGA Multisport Ride to Give Benefiting Tripp Halstead Facebook page. Photo of Dave Nazaroff from TOGA Multisport Ride to Give Benefiting Tripp Halstead Facebook page.
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A man biked all the way from New York to the Atlanta area to raise money for a boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Dave Nazaroff, the co-founder of a triathlon club just outside of New York City and a seven-time iron man, is riding more than 900 miles in less than a week. He began the ride Wednesday. 

On Sunday, a leg of his "Ride to Give" journey took him through the Upstate and northeast Georgia. He arrived at the meeting point in Jefferson, GA, to pick up 2-year-old Tripp Halstead just after 10 a.m. on Monday.

Nazaroff is riding to raise money for the Halstead family and Tripp, who was playing outside his Atlanta-area daycare back on Oct. 29, when a tree branch fell and critically injured him. The Halstead family has shared Tripp's progress via Facebook. The page gained almost 800,000 followers.

Tripp's followers are known as "Team Boom." Nazaroff is wearing a "Team Boom" jersey as he rides. The phrase "Team Boom" comes from Tripp's love of fist bumps. Tripp would say the word "boom" when he gave a fist bump.

According to a Facebook page set up to track his progress, Nazaroff left Shelby, NC, early Sunday morning to begin his journey toward South Carolina. At approximately 9 a.m., Nazaroff was at the SC-NC state line. At approximately 10:20 a.m., Nazaroff had crossed well into Spartanburg County. 

Just after 11 a.m., Nazaroff rode through the city of Spartanburg. At 12:20 p.m., he was approaching the Greenville County line. At 1:20 p.m., he was well into Greenville County and headed toward Williamston.  At 2:20 p.m., Nazaroff was in the Cheddar community, just north of the city of Anderson. At 3:20 p.m., GPS tracking showed Nazaroff was on U.S. Highway 29 in Anderson, nearing the Homeland Park community. At 5 p.m., Nazaroff crossed into Georgia near Hartwell.

FOX Carolina received reports and photos from people who are out waiting to see Nazaroff ride through their town. At 6 p.m., Nazaroff crossed through the city of Royston, GA, and the group's Facebook page said they had almost raised $150,000. At 7 p.m., Nazaroff was between Carnesville and Ashland, GA. At 8 p.m., Nazaroff was south of Hebron, GA. At 8:30 p.m., GPS indicated that Nazaroff arrived at his hotel in Commerce, GA.

On Monday, Nazaroff is scheduled to end the journey in Jefferson, GA. According to his Facebook page, he was expected to arrive in Jefferson between 9 and 10 a.m.

While there, Nazaroff will deliver a check to Tripp Halstead's family, so they can stay by his side as he recovers.

According to the fundraising Facebook page, they had raised $155,00 so far. Tripp's mom told FOX Carolina that money will be able to allow her to stay home with Tripp for at least 3 years.

FOX Carolina's Summer Gagnon caught up with Nazaroff as he stopped to fix a flat tire in Spartanburg County. He said that he was inspired to do this ride after his wife told him about Tripp's story. He said he wanted to do something to help.

If you took photos of Nazaroff's journey through the Upstate and northeast Georgia, email them to us at foxcarolinanews@foxcarolina.com or post them on our Facebook page at facebook.com/foxcarolinanews.

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