Cyclists Just Keep Pedaling for Kool-Aid

August 13, 2007, HASTINGS, NE For the past seven years, cyclists from all over Nebraska and surrounding states have been coming to the Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour. This year's event, held on Saturday, August 11, was organized by Hastings Unique Bicyclists (HUB) in conjunction with Kool-Aid Days in Hastings. Over 111 cyclists from six 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 $1200 was raised for the trail.

Of the 111 people who registered for the event, 20 were from Hastings and 91 were from out-of-town including 11 from other states (seven from Kansas, one from Colorado, one from Nevada, one from Oklahoma and one from South Dakota). Other Nebraska towns well-represented include 21 from Lincoln, 18 from Kearney, 12 from Grand Island and 7 from the Omaha metropolitan area.

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, Ruthie and Annie Kelly, 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: Bauer & Howard Dental Care, Bike Shed, Brown's Shoe Fit, Eakes Office Plus, Family Medical Center of Hastings, Five Points Bank of Hastings, Garden Café Grill & Bakery, Inkredible Inc., Hastings Vision Clinic, Keith's Pharmacies and Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab of Hastings

In seven years, this event has raised $5700 for the Pioneer Spirit Trail system. 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 system. Early this year, $6000 from the Pioneer Spirit Trail fund was donated to the City of Hastings to help purchase the land for the final section of Phase 2. That section will connect Phase 1 with the rest of Phase 2. Phase 1 is a two-mile stretch near Lake Hastings and was completed in 2004. Phase 2 goes through Heartwell Park and the Hastings College campus. The connection will run from the American Legion Wayside along E. Osborne on the west side to Parkview Cemetery along Elm Street on the east side. Once completed, the trail system 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 9, 2008. For more information about the Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour, contact tour directors Bruce and Alisa Sandahl at 402-463-1138 or

John models his new pink T-shirt along with his pink bike.
Cyclists depart on their ride.
Cyclists make their first turn south.
Elmer and Barb Murman have worked the first rest stop from the beginning.
Cyclists enjoy riding through rolling cornfields.
Annie and Ruthie work the 60-mile sag while Shannon drives the roving sag.