The 23rd annual Great American Bike Race converged in the Legacy High School gym on Saturday in Bismarck. More than 140 teams and 1,510 bikers spun in place to raise money for children and young adults in central and western North Dakota who live with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset conditions affecting their development. This year's effort has raised nearly $360,000 to add to the $3.5 million total through the years.

The 23rd annual Sanford Health Foundation Great American Bike Race, which was held April 27 at Legacy High School in Bismarck, raised $390,000, with an estimated $400,000 to be raised before the year is done.

GABR funds pay for medical services and to purchase equipment such as wheelchairs, communication devices, adaptive tricycles and home and vehicle modifications for children and young adults with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset conditions that permanently affect development.

The race involved 146 teams of 12 riders pedaling a combined 7,812.76 miles. Teams included those at Legacy High School on April 27 as well as teams organized at the North Dakota State Penitentiary and Missouri River Correctional Center. 

Top fundraising teams

1. Giving Grinches: $18,633

2. Kenmare Vets Club: $17,296

3. Badlands Bikers: $14,265 

Top individual fundraisers

1. Gary Hager: $11,800

2. Mitch Hintz: $8,845

3. Tara Wetch: $6,500

Fastest riders

1. Tyler Huber, BCBC: 8.85 miles

2. Daniel McGurren, BCBC: 8.78 miles

3. Jody Eckert, BCBC: 8.44 miles

Note that Ryan Wagner, of Benny’s Wolf Pack, logged 98.38 miles as he rode in all 12 heats.

Fastest teams

1. The BCBC: 95.93 miles

2. Basin Electric Go Big or Go Home: 89.37 miles

3. Bobcat Bikers Team Deux: 89.30 miles

GABR has grown to be the largest fundraiser of its kind in the United States. Since it began in 1997, GABR has disbursed more than $3.5 million to assist families in central and western North Dakota.

For a complete list of results, visit gabr.sanfordhealth.org.

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