This group of friends is helping organize Fargo’s first GABR. Pictured, from left, is Kristen Schulz, Taylor Zetocha, and Jenny and Brian Schaetz. Not pictured is Alex LaVoy and Jafrah Erfle.

Great American Bike Race: Meet the committee

October 24, 2019

When Jenny Schaetz was in physical therapy school in Bismarck, friends persuaded her to ride in the Great American Bike Race. Schaetz was blown away by the positive energy at the indoor stationary bike relay event.

“You had people cheering you on the whole time,” Schaetz said. “The general atmosphere of the place was really cool.”

Schaetz was impressed with the packed school gymnasium filled with dozens of stationary bicycles and hundreds of riders.

“I like doing competitive things, so for me, it was exciting to be a part of the bike race and compete,” she said. “It was a challenge riding 20 minutes on the bike and going as fast as I could.”

Schaetz described a festive scene where everyone was dressed up in bright and creative costumes or matching T-shirts, all raising money for kids.

“It was a lot of fun and I really wanted to bring that to Fargo,” Schaetz said.

 

Bringing GABR to Fargo

Earlier this year, Schaetz, who grew up in Fargo, mentioned an idea to coworker and friend, Kristen Schulz, about organizing a Great American Bike Race in Fargo.

Schulz had heard about GABR in Bismarck and fundraised for the event, but never experienced it in person. She was in awe of Schaetz’s big dreams.

“I said, ‘GABR, GABR? Like the big GABR?’” Schulz said. “Jenny said, ‘Yeah,’ and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s awesome.’”

They quickly recruited Schaetz’s cousin, husband and two of her husband’s friends to help form a committee, and reached out to the Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Fargo to help organize the event.

 

For the kids

Not only does the committee want to help create a fun event for anyone passionate about biking, but they also want to help local kids who need specialized health care at Sanford Children’s.

Schaetz and Schulz have a special place in their hearts for kids. As physical therapists, they work with many pediatric patients, helping improve mobility, strength and overall self-confidence.

Every dollar raised at GABR will directly benefit local children and their families through Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Fargo. Funds will support specialized equipment and important services, such as Child Life and the school re-entry program, that are never billed to families.

“Funds will go toward helping kids with things that they need and insurance doesn’t cover,” Schaetz said.

 

Reserve your GABR bike today

Here’s what you need to know about this stationary bike relay race:

  • The event starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Family Wellness Fargo.
  • Teams are made up of six cyclists and each person will pedal for 20 minutes.
  • There’s no need to train for this race. All athletic levels are welcome!
  • Teams are encouraged to pick a theme and dress up in their goofy best.
  • Registration is open, and you don’t need a full team to reserve your bike.
  • You can earn an event T-shirt by raising $100 or more.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the team with the most funds raised, most collective miles, best theme and best spirit.

 

Join us by registering today! Visit gabr.sanfordhealth.org and select Fargo.