Would you like to meet a slow learner? Then you should meet Red Clark! Red is the president of Asphalt Plus, LLC. Asphalt Plus is a member of OAPA, and they are providing dry process rubber (Engineered Crumb Rubber or ECR) to asphalt producers here in Oklahoma.
In his spare time, Red rides a bike, and he rides a lot. He is a three-time Trans-America rider (Boston to Los Angeles, Portland, OR to New York City, and San Diego, CA to St. Augustine, Florida) with a dozen half-continent rides thrown in for good measure. At age 70, he is at it again, riding Historic Rt. 66 from Los Ageles to Chicago with friends.
What most people don’t know about Red’s Ride is that many of those rides were built to raise money for various charities. Some of those charities include Wounded Warriors, special needs children and engineering educational programs. Over the years, “Red’s Ride” has raised almost a quarter of a million dollars for those charities.
Now, Red’s Ride is coming to Oklahoma! Red will ride Historic Route 66 from Texola, OK to Joplin, MO starting on July 3 and finishing on July 8th (weather permitting!). OAPA and Red’s Ride are planning a fundraiser where 100% of all donations will be added to the OAPA Asphalt Educational Endowment Fund. Larry Patrick has already guaranteed that all pavements will be warmed up and ready for the riders!
To donate, click the form below. Stay tuned for updates once Red's Ride begins!
The OAPA Educational Endowment is used to fund the OAPA Asphalt Internship and other educational opportunities for students looking to make an impact in the asphalt industry. Internship recipients receive $5000 for working 120 hours in all facets of the asphalt industry to give them a well rounded introduction to the variety of employment available, while creating friends of the industry. Recipients almost always go on to work for OAPA member companies after graduation.
The OAPA Asphalt Internship is open to Sophomores through Seniors in Civil Engineering, Construction Management or a related field. The application deadline is November 30th. Recipients will be notified in early January to schedule their hours and have until the end of August to complete all 120 hours.