Kool-Aid Cyclists Enjoyed a Smooth Ride

August 19, 2011, HASTINGS, NE – A record number of cyclists at this year’s Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour experienced near perfect conditions on Saturday, August 13. Held in conjunction with Kool-Aid Days, a city-wide festival celebrating the creation of the colorful drink, cyclists from all over Nebraska and surrounding states rode their bicycles either 20, 40 or 65-miles through the quiet country roads surrounding the birthplace of Kool-Aid. The bike ride is organized by Hastings Unique Bicyclists (HUB) to 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, $2900 was raised for the trail.

Of the 250 people who registered for the event, 42 were from Hastings and 208 were from out-of-town including 30 from other states (17 from Kansas; three from Wisconsin; two each from Iowa, Missouri and Texas; and one each from Colorado, New Mexico, New York and Wyoming). Other Nebraska towns well-represented included 34 from the Omaha area, 32 from Lincoln, 29 from Kearney, and 26 from Grand Island.

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: Bob Breckner, Doris Breckner, Drew Ceperley, Beth Kavan, Amy Morris, Elmer and Barb Murman and Bruce and Alisa Sandahl.

Special thanks also to the sponsors who gave either cash or in-kind support including: Barista’s Daily Grind, Bauer & Howard Dental Care, Bike Shed of Kearney, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Eakes Office Plus, Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, Family Medical Center of Hastings, Five Points Bank of Hastings, Garden Café Grill & Bakery, Hastings Holiday Inn Express, Inkredible Inc., Keith’s Pharmacies and Oakeson, Steiner & Lindsteadt.

In eleven years, this event has raised $13,417 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. In 2007, $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 between Elm Avenue and Osborne Drive East. Now a 5.2 mile continuous trail runs through Hastings from the train station on 1st Street, north along East Side Boulevard, east through Heartwell Park, north past Hastings College and Parkview Cemetery, west over to Osborne Drive East, across Hwy 281, west through Lake Hastings Park, south along Baltimore Avenue and through Libs Park. The master plan for the Pioneer Spirit Trail includes 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, 2012. For more information about the Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour, contact tour directors Bruce and Alisa Sandahl at 402-463-1138 or absandahl@windstream.net.

 

11th Annual Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour
Alisa works as quickly as possible to get everyone checked in.
Alisa works as quickly as possible to get everyone checked in.
Look at these motley crew. Or is it AC/DC?
Look at these motley crew. Or is it AC/DC?
Great lawn ornament!
Great lawn ornament!
Barb and Elmer Murman did a great job working the first stop.
Barb and Elmer Murman
did a great job working
the first stop.
Happy cyclists is what we like.
Happy cyclists is
what we like.
Doris makes sure everyone's ready for the final leg.
Doris makes sure everyone's ready for the final leg.

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