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A long ride for a good cause

Rick and Robin Martinek will ride bicycles from Minneapolis to Green Bay to raise money for several charities including Moms and Neighbors.

Pedaling a bike for more than 300 miles may seem like a daunting task. But when it’s for charity and there are some amazing views along the way, it’s not so bad.

On Sept. 8 Rick and Robin Martinek will embark on a seven-day bike trip from Minneapolis to Green Bay Wis. While the trip is meant to be fun, it will also raise money for two charities the Martinek’s believe are worth supporting, including the Rosemount area non-profit Moms and Neighbors and Green Bay-based Paul’s Pantry.

“We picked two charities that provide basic needs for people and that all the proceeds would go to helping people,” said Robin, who is a member of Moms and Neighbors.

“They are both good charities.”

Through referrals, Moms and Neighbors help families in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district. Paul’s Pantry is a Wisconsin-based food shelf that handles more than 20,000 pounds of food a day.

The Martineks will leave from the site of the new Vikings stadium at 9 a.m. Sept. 8. They will travel roughly 45 miles a day and arrive at Lambeau Field in time to watch the Green Bay Packers take on the New York Jets.

The couple completed the ride in 2012. Robin said they enjoyed the experience and wanted to do it again while raising money for good causes.

“You see a lot of stuff when you’re riding on a bicycle that you don’t see in a car. It’s really a fun experience,” said Robin.

To prepare for the ride, the couple has been riding a little bit every day and mixing in some longer rides when they have the time.

Their journey will take them through Baldwin, Chippewa Falls, Abbotsford and Wausau. Right outside of Wausau the Martineks will get on the Mountain Bay State Trail which will take them into Green Bay. The couple hope people will join them for the final leg of their journey from Pulaski to Green Bay.

Robin is a Packers stockholder and said she tries to get to a few games a year. Rick is a Minnesota Vikings fan. On the side, the couple have a friendly wager going. If Minnesota residents donate more to Moms and Neighbors then Robin will wear the Vikings uniform for one quarter of the game. However, if Paul’s Pantry receives more donation then Rick will have to sport a Green Bay Packers uniform for one quarter.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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