Cyclists Go “Mango” for Kool-Aid

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August 18, 2012, HASTINGS, NE – Cyclists from all over Nebraska and surrounding states rode their bicycles for fun and to raise money for the Pioneer Spirit Trail during the 12th Annual 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, a city-wide festival celebrating the creation of the colorful drink in Hastings, Nebraska. Cyclists chose to ride 20, 40 or 65 miles through the quiet countryside surrounding the birthplace of Kool-Aid. With generous help from the cyclists and local area sponsors, $2640 was raised for the Pioneer Spirit Trail, a hike and bike trail being built in and around Hastings.

Of the 264 people who registered for the event, 61 were from Hastings and 203 were from out-of-town including 17 from other states (8 from Kansas; two each from Colorado, Iowa and South Dakota; and one each from Missouri, New Mexico and Texas). Other Nebraska towns well-represented included 45 from Lincoln, 25 from Kearney, 24 from Grand Island, 9 from McCook, and 6 from York.

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, John Brooks, Drew Ceperley, Kendrick Clay, Christian Fruehling, Beth Kavan, Richard Leach, Jeremy Miles, Amy Morris and Bruce and Alisa Sandahl.

Special thanks also to the sponsors who gave either cash or in-kind support including: Barista's of Hastings, 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, The Kensington and Oakeson, Steiner & Lindsteadt.

In twelve years, this event has raised $16,057 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 10, 2013. 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.

 

12th Annual Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour

Getting instructions during the pre-ride meeting.
Getting instructions during the pre-ride meeting.


Heading out for a great ride!
Doris always has a smile!
Doris always has a smile!
Heading into the first stop.
Heading into the first stop.
Cruisin' into Roseland.
Cruisin' into Roseland.
These two are a pair of fruitcakes.
These two are a pair of fruitcakes.

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