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‘Ride the Hog’ arrives on Regatta weekend

WORTHINGTON -- A new fundraising initiative will take place during the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival weekend. Ride the Hog for Stroke Prevention, which will take place Saturday, invites residents to tour several area communit...

WORTHINGTON - A new fundraising initiative will take place during the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival weekend.

 

Ride the Hog for Stroke Prevention, which will take place Saturday, invites residents to tour several area communities on a motorcycle. JBS Human Resources Director Len Bakken explained that a JBS employee brought the idea to organize a motorcycle rally for stroke prevention, as several employees have suffered strokes over the last years.

 

After doing some research, Bakken said he found the fundraiser would likely be more successful if food and entertainment were offered to participants.

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“I thought about the Regatta - there is lots of great food and lots of great entertainment - so I contacted Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Darlene Macklin,” Bakken said. “We certainly didn’t want to take from the Regatta, but we think that this might even bring more people in.”

 

Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle will be leading the rally on his Harley-Davidson. He’ll make stops in Adrian, Brewster, and Little Rock, Ocheyedan, and Lake Park, Iowa, with the final stop at 2 p.m. at the Regatta.  

 

“It’s an important cause to get behind and support,” Kuhle said.

 

Registration starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Sanford Worthington Clinic. The first 200 people to register will receive a free T-shirt.

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Bakken added that participants will receive a voucher to purchase food at the JBS and Sanford food stands on Saturday, as well as a Sanford goodie bag. A drawing is scheduled to take place at approximately 4 p.m. featuring prizes donated by local businesses.

 

Participants will also have the chance to vote for their favorite motorcycle, with the winner taking home $200. The motorcycle accumulating the most bugs during the ride will also take home a trophy and $200; Bakken and Sanford CEO Jennifer Weg are judges.   

 

“It’s just another way to partner,” Bakken said. “Sanford is big in the community and JBS is big in the community, and a lot of the other businesses that we approached to donate prizes were fully on board. Everybody has been very helpful.”

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