Great American Bike Race helps local children

Stationary bike races add Fargo site to raise money for help with expenses

Great American Bike Race in Bismarck

The Sanford Health Foundation Great American Bike Race (GABR) is a fun and impactful way for people to raise money for local children. The stationary bike race began in the Bismarck-Mandan community in North Dakota in 1997 and has since become a tradition across the Sanford Health footprint.

Hosted by the Sanford Health Foundation, the 2019 Bismarck event took place April 27 at Legacy High School. Since its inception, the event has raised nearly $4 million to support children and young adults in central and western North Dakota with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset conditions that affect development.

GABR in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which started in 2016, will host its fourth race in September. In three years, the event has raised nearly $100,000 for Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Sioux Falls.

Expanding to the Red River Valley, the Sanford Health Foundation will host the first GABR Fargo in November. The event will benefit Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Fargo.

The idea for GABR originated with Kevin Murphy, M.D., a pediatric rehabilitation medicine specialist at Gillette Children’s Specialty Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota, after traveling to Bismarck monthly to see pediatric therapy patients. He heard about a similar race in Canada known as the Great Canadian Bike Race and thought it would work in North Dakota.

That instinct was right. The first race had 10 bikes set up at Gateway Mall in Bismarck. Since then, the event has grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the United States, with more than 1,500 cyclists expected to participate in the 2019 events.

Information and registration

For more information about the events and registration, visit gabr.sanford.org.

Sioux Falls GABR

  • When: Sept. 14
  • Where: Sanford Children’s Hospital,  1600 W. 22nd St., Sioux Falls
  • More details: Funds help purchase specialized equipment, support important unbilled programs, and provide direct child and family assistance for expenses not covered by insurance through Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Sioux Falls.

Fargo GABR

  • When: Nov. 16
  • Where: Family Wellness Fargo, 2960 Seter Parkway, Fargo
  • More details: Funds help purchase specialized equipment and support important unbilled programs through Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Fargo.

Bismarck GABR

  • When: April 2020
  • Where: Legacy High School, 3400 E. Calgary Ave., Bismarck
  • More details: Funds help families with expenses not covered by insurance including medical services and equipment for children and young adults with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset conditions that affect development in central and western North Dakota.

Relive the 23rd annual GABR in Bismarck

In 2019, 137 teams consisting of more than 1,500 bikers rode for a total of 7,812 miles and raised more than $390,000 and counting.

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