February 25, 2020
Registration is now open for the Great American Bike Race (GABR). Visit gabr.sanfordhealth.org today to reserve your team’s spot for the April 25, 2020, race at Legacy High School.
This year, the Badlands Bikers will return to the Great American Bike Race (GABR) in Bismarck for the 10th year in a row. The team consistently is one of the event’s top five fundraisers — raising more than $93,000 to date in support of local children and young adults with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset conditions that affect development.
“I can’t imagine not being on a bike during GABR,” says Crystal Baker, the team’s captain. “This is one of the best things I’ve added to my life’s résumé.
“When you’re on your bike watching the kids who benefit tootle around on their bikes, chairs, walkers … I think every person there feels a sense of pride, at least I do. I GET to help … I GET to make a difference and it’s a wonderful feeling.”
She adds that the event has given her new perspective on life.
“I have three mobile, vocal kids,” she said. “The ‘inconveniences’ of their lollygagging or mess-making or sass are things I took for granted — that swiftly changed after my first race.”
Passion for the cause is contagious
“We have AMAZING support from family and friends and businesses,” Baker said. “I think if you show a passion for something it definitely rubs off when you are asking. Don’t be afraid of a ‘no.’”
With the team spread out across Bismarck, Dickinson, Watford City, Williston, Sidney, Mont., and even one dedicated online fundraiser in Pennsylvania this year, Baker says members divide and conquer. For the most part, they focus on creative fundraising efforts in their own communities for the greater cause, then come together for the main event each year.
“We have done a bake sale and a free-will BBQ in the past, where whoever could be there to help, helped,” Baker explained. “We have a team member that hosts paint and sips — so half the proceeds go back to GABR — those are fun, social and you have a way to educate! Social media has been amazing — we have one member who is successful with sending out letters every year recapping the year before.”
When asked what she’s looking forward to most at this year’s event in April, Baker laughs, “When my 20-minute heat is over!”
She then answers more seriously, “My favorite part … getting my whole team together, the energy, the kids.”
- When: Saturday, April 25
- Where: Legacy High School, Bismarck
- More details: Register today at gabr.sanfordhealth.org.
100% of funds raised support local kids and young adults with cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset conditions that affect development. Funds help with expenses not covered by insurance, like medical-related travel, home and vehicle modification, wheelchairs, adaptive tricycles, communication devices and more.