Cyclists Break $30,000 Mark

August 11, 2018, HASTINGS, NE – Cyclists enjoyed the nice weather as they reached a milestone in donations raised for the Pioneer Spirit Trail. Over the past 18 years, the cumulative donations raised by participants in the Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour broke the $30,000 mark.

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 sponsors, $1,900 was raised for the trail this year.

“What a great ride,” wrote Douglas Zink of Grand Island, Nebraska on the Kool-Aid Classic Facebook page. “Besides the near perfect weather conditions, the support during the ride was great...as usual.”

Of the 207 people who registered for the event, 46 were from Hastings and 161 were from out-of-town including 15 from four other states (6 each from Colorado and Kansas; two from Iowa; and one from Wyoming). Other Nebraska towns well-represented included 35 from Grand Island, 25 from Kearney, 22 from Lincoln, 16 from the Omaha area, and 5 each from McCook and Juniata.

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: Doyle Bankson, John Brooks, Alex Ceperley, Drew Ceperley and Amy Morris, Ben and Caitlin Dumas, Kathy Eley, Beth Kavan, Bill Lorenz, 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 of Hastings, Bauer & Howard Dental Care, Bike Shed of Kearney, Brown’s Shoe Fit, CycleNebraska, Eakes Office Solutions, Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, Englund & Lindsteadt Financial Advisors, Family Medical Center of Hastings, First Street Brewing Company, Five Points Bank of Hastings, Inkredible Inc., Keith’s Pharmacies, and Valentino’s of Hastings.

In eighteen years, this event has raised $30,717 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. Currently, the Pioneer Spirit Trail is a nearly 9-mile continuous trail system connecting residential areas, shopping districts, schools and recreational areas. The trail system will continue to expand with the new additions planned for the south part of Hastings and with the development in the north part of town.

Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 10, 2019. 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.

Kool-Aid Classic 2017

You can't buy happiness but you can buy bikes and that's kind of the same thing
"You can't buy happiness but you can buy bikes and that's kind of the same thing".
 

Friendly volunteers greet you at the rest stops.
Friendly volunteers greet you at the rest stops.
 

Cruisin' into the rest stop.
Cruisin' into the rest stop.
 

Cycling is a great sport for all ages.
Cycling is a great sport for all ages.
 

Rollin' on the hills
Rollin' on the hills.
 

Taking a break in Bladen.
Taking a break in Bladen.
 

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