Outdoor Edge hosts annual Breast Cancer Awareness Ride

On Saturday, Oct. 8, Outdoor Edge will host its 5th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Ride.

“There’s over 100 bike stores in the U.S. that do this Trek WSD Breast Cancer Ride all on the same day at the same time, so that’s kind of neat,” explained Outdoor Edge owner KC Bohn.

Over $4,000 was raised during the 2010 Breast Cancer Awareness Ride. File photo by Greg Hunt

He is teaming with Trek, the Cambridge Cycling Club and the Cambridge Medical Center Foundation to once again host the event. “We’re trying to be in the top 5 sites in the nation this year when it comes to fundraising.”

Bicyclists can sign up for the ride for $25, with 100 percent of the funds supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Free food, free massages, a live band, silent auctions and door prizes are more draws for the participant, with local businesses kicking in donations for prizes.

Adams Street adjacent to Outdoor Edge will be closed down from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the block-party style event.

“The riders all leave at the exact same time, and we get help with a police escort to have things run smoothly,” continued Bohn. “Some people dress up in all the pink garb, so it’s a fun event.”

Cyclists can choose between a 10-mile or 25- mile route. The 10-miler heads south through Cambridge, turns east toward Cambridge Middle School, then back to the event site. The 25-mile cruise heads west out of town before turning north on Co. Rd. 14.

Helmets are mandatory, and KC has them available at the shop for those without one.

Besides being a cycling enthusiast, Bohn has a personal connection to October’s “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

“My two sisters, my mom, my mother-in-law — they all had breast cancer. So that’s the biggest reason I do this,” he said. “I did this at church one day where I asked everybody to stand up who knows somebody who has had breast cancer. Almost the whole congregation was standing, so it’s a big deal.

“If the research wasn’t in place many years ago, people like my mom and sisters might not be around today. You see some results with the research.”

Participants can sign up for the 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Ride the day of the event or by logging on to active.com.

— Compiled by Isanti County News staff