For sixteen years, the Sanford Health Great American Bike Race (GABR) has raised money to help families of those diagnosed with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities by providing equipment and services.
It is time again for Basin Electric’s team, the Basin Power Pedalers, to get back on the bike. Race day is April 13.
Mark Foss, Dakota Gasification Company general counsel, was involved in the very first Great American Bike Race. “It was held at the Northbrook Mall in Bismarck and I believe I donated one of the five ten-speed bikes that were there,” Foss says with a laugh. “So it has grown quite a bit, to say the least.”
Last year, the Basin Power Pedalers totaled 81.69 miles and raised more than $4,000.
Mike Eggl, Basin Electric senior vice president of Communications and Administration, says it is important to keep in mind the purpose of the event. “The reason you ride is for the kids. The reason you ride is for the people who have been impacted by what is a terrible disease. Cerebral palsy is one of those things that take a family and puts them to the ultimate test,” Eggl says. “GABR allows you the opportunity to raise awareness and funds, while having a good time and engaging in something that is healthy for you. Why not do it?”
Foss says people have been very willing to contribute to the event. “I was surprised how much I raised last year and I think I have come close to doubling the amount this year,” Foss says. “You don’t have to pull teeth or twist arms to get people to contribute because it’s such a great event.”
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YOU CAN HELP
Donate to the Basin Electric team on their page: Basin Power Pedalers