Ride will bring hundreds through town
The Hartford Re/Max Results Breast Cancer Ride will come through Rosemount twice over the weekend. More than 300 bicyclists will make a pit stop on Aug. 6 at Rosemount Middle School on their way to Treasure Island Casino.
The two-day ride, started by Rosemount resident Kari Mitchell, will raise nearly $300,000. The money will go to the Open Arms of Minnesota, a non-profit that provides meals to breast cancer patients and their families; and to Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Minnesota.
This is the fourth year the ride has taken place. Riders will start at the Mall of America and end up at Treasure Island Casino Saturday evening. They will camp at Treasure Island and then head back, finishing at the Mall of America Sunday afternoon.
In all riders can travel either 100 or 150 miles depending on the route they choose. Mitchell said adult riders have to raise $750 and minors $375 to participate.
The last pit stop before arriving at the finish line will be at Rosemount Elementary School Sunday afternoon. Mitchell said she plans stops in Rosemount because it's a bike friendly community and Independent School District 196 is easy to work with.
Mitchell knows the impact breast cancer can have on lives. Her mom was an 18-year survivor of the disease before dying of lung cancer. A close friend was diagnosed with the disease at 40 and is still fighting.
"We have to keep fighting," said Mitchell.
The event has nearly doubled in size and funds raised. The first year 124 riders came out. This year nearly 300 people will make the ride.
The ride raised $150,000 that first year. This year she anticipates they will raise almost $300,000.
Mitchell said it's fun to see the event grow each year, especially with the current economy.
The money raised goes for a good cause and the event is a lot of fun for everyone. Mitchell said she chose to do a bike ride because it was different than some of the other events put on and because it attracts both women and men.
"We get about a 50/50 split," said Mitchell. "I think it's nice for the guys to be able to support their wives and daughters in this way."
For more information on the Hartford Re/Max Results Breast Cancer Ride visit www.breastcancerride.org.