Cyclists “Doped Up” on Kool-Aid

August 14, 2006, HASTINGS, NE – A record number of cyclists registered for the sixth annual Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour held on Saturday, August 12. The event was sponsored by HUB, Hastings Unique Bicyclists, and held in conjunction with Kool-Aid Days in Hastings, Nebraska. Over 130 riders from four different states rode their bicycles either 30 or 60 miles, drank Kool-Aid and helped raise money for the Pioneer Spirit Trail (PST), a hike and bike trail being built in and around Hastings. With generous help from the cyclists and local area sponsors, over $1000 was raised for the trail.

Of the 136 people who registered for the event, 36 were from Hastings and 100 were from out-of-town including 9 from other states, four from Kansas, three from Missouri and two from Iowa. Other Nebraska towns well-represented include 19 from both Kearney and Lincoln, 14 from the Omaha metropolitan area and 11 from Grand Island. Last year's event had 116 cyclists.

The event would not be possible without the support of the volunteers and sponsors. A special thanks to the volunteers that helped out before and/or during the event including: Elmer and Barb Murman, Doris Breckner, Gregg Lemke, Arlee Michel, John Brooks, Bob and Sharon Breckner, Amy Morris, Drew Ceperley and Bruce and Alisa Sandahl.

Special thanks also to the sponsors who gave either cash or in-kind support including: Dr. Richard Arneson, Bike Shed of Kearney, Blue Moon Coffee Company, Brown's Shoe Fit, Eakes Office Plus, Family Medical Center, Five Points Bank, Garden Café Grill & Bakery, Inkredible Inc., Keith's Pharmacies and Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab of Hastings.

In six years, this event has raised $4500 for the Pioneer Spirit Trail. The money has been placed in a special fund with the Hastings Community Foundation to be used for the construction, beautification and maintenance of the trail. The first two phases of the Pioneer Spirit hike and bike trail are completed. Phase 1 is a two-mile stretch near Lake Hastings and was completed in 2004. Phase 2, which goes through Heartwell Park and the Hastings College campus, was completed last year. Once completed, the trail will include 20 miles of paved off-road pedestrian/bike trails in and around the city.

Next year's event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 11, 2007. For more information about the Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour, contact tour directors Bruce and Alisa Sandahl at 402-463-1138 or .


Alisa works quickly to get everyone registered.
Cyclists depart on their ride.
One cyclist takes the Kool-Aid ride to heart.
Cyclists tackle one of the rolling hills on the ride.
Cyclists prepare to depart the infamous sag stop on the 60-mile route.