May 12, 2014
 
Sanford Health Great American Bike Race raises $354,000
 
Bismarck, N.D.—The 18th annual Sanford Health Great American Bike Race (GABR), held Saturday, April 26, at Century High School in Bismarck, raised $354,000. GABR funds pay for medical services and purchase equipment such as wheelchairs, communication devices and adaptive tricycles for children and young adults with cerebral palsy or related disabilities.

The race involved 97 teams of 12 riders pedaling a combined 7,338.55 miles. The following is a list of the top fundraisers and riders:

Top fundraising teams:

  1. Mitch’s Mighty Dickinson Riders I, $18,935
  2. Badlands Bikers, $10,557
  3. Sierra’s Spinners, $10,415

Top individual fundraisers:

  1. Mitch Hintz, Mitch’s Mighty Dickinson Riders I, $10,421
  2. Missie Frick, Sierra’s Spinners, $6,950
  3. Alvie Jarrett, Callie’s Angels, $3,020

Fastest riders:

  1. Bob Doll, Gold’s Gems, 8.62 miles
  2. Ian Easton, BCBC, 8.6 miles
  3. Tanner Blair, AE2S, 8.56 miles

Fastest teams:

  1. BCBC, 94.66 miles
  2. Gold’s Gems, 94.49 miles
  3. Melanie’s Maniacs, 92.43 miles

For the second year in a row, the Sanford Psychalists team was awarded “Most Creative Team.” The team was made up of Sanford Behavioral Health employees dressed up as “Despicable Me” characters, including yellow and purple minions and the beloved villain, Gru.

“We were once again blown away by the community support of this event,” said Beth Thune, GABR co-director. “Businesses, local organizations, families and individuals all pitched in to raise an astounding amount of money that will allow us to continue to meet the needs of local families.”

GABR has grown to be the largest fundraiser of its kind in the United States. Since it began, GABR has raised more than $2.5 million.

For a complete list of results, visit bismarck.sanfordhealth.org/gabr. GABR is also on Facebook. Visit facebook.com/sanfordgabr.